Monday, December 6, 2010

WikiLeaks struck by DDoS Attack moments before first Leak

WikiLeaks was warned by the State Department that releasing the millions of classified documents containing sensitive materials could put lives at risk, more importantly embarrass the U.S.

Suspiciously, only moments before WikiLeaks was set to release the first batch of information, the site was hit by a denial of service attack ( DDoS).

According to a tweet from the website’s official Twitter account, WikiLeaks is experiencing a DDoS attack. The reported attackers are not yet known. We are currently attempting to verify that WikiLeaks is indeed under attack.
Unfortunately for WikiLeaks, it turns out that the first leak has already been leaked in Germany, thanks to a leaked embargo copy of Der Spiegel.

According to Gawker however, the lead isn’t that damaging, a Twitter user bought a copy of the German news magazine outlining the leak after it was placed on newstands too early.
From the German point of view there are no earth-shattering revelations, just a lot of candid talk about world leaders.

According to Der Spiegel:
Angela Merkel is praised as “teflon,” though she “avoids risk and is rarely creative,” and German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle is repeatedly bashed. There is talk of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s “wild parties,”  and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is likened to Hitler. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is called an “emperor with no clothes.” The cables also show Obama has “no emotional relationship with Europe,” focusing instead on Asian countries If WikiLeaks can get their site back online, the full barrage of transcripts will be available this afternoon at about 4:30 pm EST with the New York Times, the Guardian and Der Speigel. But, as you can see Der Speigel pre-maturely released some of the leaks.

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