Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WikiLeaks Hammered By DDoS Attacks

According to Dara Kerr at c|Net, repeating a tweet from WikiLeaks,
"The attack is well over 10Gbits/second sustained on the main WikiLeaks domains," read one of several tweets the organization posted on Friday. "The bandwidth used is so huge it is impossible to filter without specialized hardware, however... the DDoS is not simple bulk UDP or ICMP packet flooding, so most hardware filters won't work either. The range of IPs used is huge. Whoever is running it controls thousands of machines or is able to simulate them."
There's no way there's not a government behind this: no ordinary group of hackers has the means, or even the motive. Look to the government most embarrassed by WikiLeaks's releases... right.

WikiLeaks has responded with a somewhat credible "Is that all you've got?" ... perhaps not the wisest thing they could do. As of the c|Net article they're still running, if a bit beleaguered. When they reach a point at which they are spending more time fighting attacks than transmitting leaks, they may need to rethink their strategy.


  1. I do not really know how to say this, but apparently my comment of August 14, 2012 3:56 AM, on "One Nation, Under Surveillance: TrapWire" went 'unnoticed'

    "WikiLeaks endures a lengthy DDoS attack. Under a barrage of more than 10GB per second in a DDoS attack, the document-leaking organization's Web site has been either inoperable or sluggish since the beginning of the month."


    Perhaps it was on an already old post, but I'm trying to contribute on relevant posts.

    Have a nice day!

  2. Thanks, Enfant; I reached that article in my occasional perusal of tech sites. I apologize for not replying to your comment sooner. My only excuse is Stella's family house-guest staying with us in the same week as two members of my family visited! :-)

  3. Steve,
    Thank you so much for clarifying this.
    I was afraid that my comments were no longer welcome to your blog

  4. Enfant - please be confident that your comments will ALWAYS be welcome on my threads! Even if you disagree with me, your comments will still be welcome here. By now, I know that you are a person of good will, and that is all you need to be to post here. Please keep coming back!



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