WikiLeaks cyberbrawl is battle of amateurs Sauce: Fosters.com - Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, Laconia NH, Sanford ME ... "In chat rooms run by Anonymous, a hacker group that came to WikiLeaks' defense, the suggestion to attack Amazon came up repeatedly, but was shot down. The more savvy hackers knew they didn't have the clout to attack a real Web business. Amazon sites in Britain, France, Germany and other countries went offline for about a half-hour late Sunday, but Amazon blamed a hardware failure rather than attack. Anonymous may be growing in clout, but it has still succeeded in only minor mischief. Previously, the group has taken on such sites as the Church of Scientology and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. Tackling Visa and MasterCard was a step up, but to gain enough participants to make a dent, Anonymous had to open up its normally secretive Web chat channels, exposing the group to the eye of law enforcement. Most Internet-based attacks use "botnets," swarms of hijacked PCs around the world that, unbeknownst to their owners, can be harnessed remotely. Anonymous took a higher road with "Operation Payback." Instead of hijacking computers, the group distributed a program that users could install to add their PCs to the attack. The tool Anonymous distributed to launch the attacks, fancifully called "Low Orbit Ion Cannon" after a feature of a computer game, is ostensibly designed as a tool for testing website security, not as a secretive weapon."