Anonymous defends Wikileaks.
Quote: A member of Anonymous who calls himself Coldblood told the BBC that "multiple things are being done".

"Websites that are bowing down to government pressure have become targets," he said.

"As an organisation we have always taken a strong stance on censorship and freedom of expression on the internet and come out against those who seek to destroy it by any means."

"We feel that Wikileaks has become more than just about leaking of documents, it has become a war ground, the people vs. the government," he said.

So far the denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), which swamp a site with so many requests that it becomes overwhelmed, have failed to take any sites offline although that is not the point of the attack, according to Coldblood.

"The idea is not to wipe them off but to give the companies a wake-up call," he said. "Companies will notice the increase in traffic and an increase in traffic means increase in costs associated with running a website."

DDoS attacks are illegal in many countries, including the UK.

Coldblood admitted that such attacks "may hurt people trying to get to these sites" but said it was "the only effective way to tell these companies that us, the people, are displeased".

Anonymous is also helping to create hundreds of mirror sites for Wikileaks, after its US domain name provider withdrew its services.

"At the last count there were 507 mirrors of Wikileaks," said Coldblood.


I am dramatically unsurprised, considering the circumstances that set off Chanology.

2010-12-07 06:56 pm (UTC)
...interesting.

Did I tell you about my decent befuddlement upon discovering that several people I know on LJ do not know about Anonymous?!

I kind of want to do a poll now...
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2010-12-07 09:37 pm (UTC)
I am laughing like a hyena over the rapidly multiplying mirrors. Seriously, what did they expect? *headdesk*

2010-12-08 12:50 am (UTC)
I'd be ditto'ng, except for the millions of tax dollars being spent to do something that's not only impossible but outright un-American, simply because my government has spent a couple generations convincing itself that since secrecy makes its job easier it has a moral right to do the wrong thing.

And that's looking at it in the best possible light -- what WikiLeaks has shown is that behind the "lives at risk!!!" smokescreen what they're really hiding is their hypocrisy, venality, and simple incompetence.

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2010-12-08 04:40 am (UTC)
Seconded.

Also, I kinda want to see teh documentation they have about the banks they said they have.
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2010-12-08 08:05 am (UTC)
You've got to laugh, or you might as well despair altogether.

2010-12-08 09:39 pm (UTC)
But they're using the same tactics(DDoS). That's what I hate about Anonymous. They're using the same tactics they're complaining about, only different motives. I wouldn't be surprised if the attackers learned from the attack on Scientology.

This is why the leaked diplomatic cables about China v. Google is so disheartening. It basically states they don't believe internet will help spread freedom of information in China. Instead the Chinese govt. learns to actively suppress information online.

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