November 30, 2010

WikiLeaks Falls Victim To Another Online DDoS Attack

WikiLeaks posted in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it was under a new cyber attack after a similar incident took place on Saturday just before the website started to release secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

"We are currently under another DDoS attack," WikiLeaks said on its official Twitter feed.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks use "zombie" computers, which are machines infected with viruses, to command simultaneous visits to a website to try and overwhelm servers.

A DDoS attack can slow down a website's servers or even knock it offline completely.

A later message on the WikiLeaks twitter said "DDoS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second."

No one has come forward to claim Tuesday's attacks, but computer hacker "Jester" confessed to Saturday's attacks.

WikiLeaks has unveiled 250,000 more classified U.S. documents on its site. 

The site has taken precautions by hosting it on three separate IP addresses to cope with any attack.

"This does not appear to have prevented the current attack from succeeding," wrote Paul Mutton, a security analyst at Netcraft, in a blog post.


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