Posts tagged “Wikileaks”

Cyberattacks Are Retaliation for Pressure on WikiLeaks

“LONDON — A broad campaign of cyberattacks appeared to be under way on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks, which has drawn governmental criticism from around the globe for its release of classified American documents and whose founder, Julian Assange, is being held in Britain on accusations of rape.”

From The New York Times

The move to cloud computing is unstoppable – but WikiLeaks gives us pause

“Until last week, any computing futurologist would tell you that cloud computing is where it’s at. You don’t need to know where your data is being stored; it’s just on a computer, or more likely computers, Out There On The Internet. Thus Amazon, with its EC2 (“Elastic Cloud Compute”) service, or Microsoft with its Azure service, or the most familiar example, Google, with its GoogleMail and Google Docs services, which are used by thousand of companies around the world. (Disclosure: the Guardian uses Google Docs and Mail, and Amazon’s EC2 system for its API.)”

From The Guardian

Vast Hacking by a China Fearful of the Web

“As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing one reason top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves.”

From The New York Times

Amazon and the new threat to internet speech

“(CNN) — In the physical world, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a wanted man. In the virtual world, his website is under attack and on the run.

There isn’t much question that the person who obtained the WikiLeaks cables from a classified U.S. government network broke U.S. law and should expect to face the consequences. The legal rights of a website that publishes material acquired from that person, however, are much more controversial.”

From CNN

SPJ statement on ethical journalism in response to latest WikiLeaks release

“INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is weighing in on the diplomatic, national security and journalistic fallout caused by WikiLeaks’ release of U.S. State Department cables. For nearly a week, SPJ leaders have been closely reviewing and intensely discussing the myriad issues raised by the release.

What has become clear is that forming a single opinion about the actions of WikiLeaks, the need for information, and balancing the public’s right to know with protecting national security is exceedingly difficult. SPJ leaders and committees have discussed not only the action of WikiLeaks and its fallout, but even more fundamental issues: Is this journalism, is it responsible and have news organizations responded ethically?”

From Society of Professional Journalists

WikiLeaks website pulled by Amazon after US political pressure

“The US struck its first blow against WikiLeaks after pulled the plug on hosting the whistleblowing website in reaction to heavy political pressure.

The company announced it was cutting WikiLeaks off yesterday only 24 hours after being contacted by the staff of Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate’s committee on homeland security.”

From The Guardian

Round 2: DDoS Versus Wikileaks

“In the second round of what may possibly be a protracted Internet skirmish, a denial of service attack briefly blocked access to the web site this morning around 8:00 am EST. On twitter, Wikileaks pegged the DDoS as exceeding 10 Gbps (significantly larger than my 2-4 Gbps estimate for the first round of attacks on Sunday).”

From Arbor Networks

US embassy cables: A banquet of secrets

“Yet one question remains. How can diplomacy be conducted under these conditions? A state department spokesman is surely right to say that the revelations are ‘going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world’. The conduct of government is already hampered by fear of leaks. An academic friend of mine who worked in the state department under Condoleezza Rice told me that he had once suggested writing a memo posing fundamental questions about US policy in Iraq. ‘Don’t even think of it,’ he was warned – because it would be sure to appear in the next day’s New York Times.”

From The Guardian

Wikileaks Cablegate Attack

Yesterday morning, a DDoS attack temporarily disrupted traffic to Wikileaks hours ahead of the “Cablegate” release of leaked US documents. Wikileaks announced the outage on a Facebook update and Twitter post around 11:00am EST while simultaneously derogating the attack and insisting “El Pais, Le Monde, Speigel, Guardian & NYT will publish many US embassy cables tonight, even if WikiLeaks goes down”.

From Arbor Network

How WikiLeaks’ new release will increase secrecy and damage democratic governments

“In fact, the world’s real secrets—the secrets of regimes where there is no free speech and tight control on all information—have yet to be revealed. This stuff is awkward and embarrassing, but it doesn’t fundamentally change very much. How about a leak of Chinese diplomatic documents? Or Russian military cables? How about some stuff we don’t actually know, like Iranian discussion of Iranian nuclear weapons, or North Korean plans for invasion of South Korea Korea? If WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is serious about his pursuit of “Internet openness”—and if his goal isn’t, in fact, embarrassing the United States—that’s where he’ll look next. Somehow, I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t.”

From Slate