Wikileaks under DDoS attacks

Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by spike anderson, Aug 8, 2012.

    another interesting piece

    Hacktivists aligned with the loose-knit Anonymous collective took credit for hacking Stratfor on Christmas Eve, 2011, in turn collecting what they claimed to be more than five million emails from within the company. WikiLeaks began releasing those emails as the Global Intelligence Files (GIF) earlier this year and, of those, several discussing the implementing of TrapWire in public spaces across the country were circulated on the Web this week after security researcher Justin Ferguson brought attention to the matter. At the same time, however, WikiLeaks was relentlessly assaulted by a barrage of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, crippling the whistleblower site and its mirrors, significantly cutting short the number of people who would otherwise have unfettered access to the emails.

    On Wednesday, an administrator for the WikiLeaks Twitter account wrote that the site suspected that the motivation for the attacks could be that particularly sensitive Stratfor emails were about to be exposed.

    The details on Abraxas and, to an even greater extent TrapWire, are scarce, however, and not without reason. For a program touted as a tool to thwart terrorism and monitor activity meant to be under wraps, its understandable that Abraxas would want the program’s public presence to be relatively limited. But thanks to last year’s hack of the Strategic Forecasting intelligence agency, or Stratfor, all of that is quickly changing.

    Its looking like the US is involved in the Wikileak attacks everyday now...
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  3. so you think this is all just a bunch of happy coincidences for the US....Plenty of other people besides me seem to think its not.
  4. Anonymous Member

    The anon is noting the absence of verifiable sources in your reports. They do come across as rather sketchy.
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    AntiLeaks group claim responsibility for WikiLeaks attacks • The Register

    DDoS hampers Trapwire surveillance system leaks

    By Iain Thomson in San Francisco

    Posted in Security, 11th August 2012 00:03 GMT

    The WikiLeaks website has been under a major DDoS attack over the last few days and a group calling itself AntiLeaks has claimed responsibility.

    "We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at asylum in Ecuador," said the group's self-proclaimed leader, who calls himself Diet Pepsi.

    "Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us."

    According to the WikiLeaks Twitter feed, the website, and those of its associates and mirrors, have been hit by a massive DDoS attack reaching 10Gbits/s and using a more complex system than a standard bulk UDP or ICMP packet flooding. The range of IP addresses is huge, indicating either thousands of machines taking part or some really good simulation.

    The AntiLeaks group hasn't been heard of before and its Twitter feed only started this month. While it's possible they are simply claiming the attacks rather than carrying them out, it's clear the attacks are being taken by WikiLeaks as an attempt to shut down information.

    Attacks on #WikiLeaks are not only intended to prevent secrets from being revealed, but also to maintain an monopoly on influence.
    — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 10, 2012

    The attack comes as WikiLeaks is trying to distribute more emails from the hacking of private security group Stratfor Global Intelligence. This latest batch, released in the last few days, concern the existence of a US-based monitoring system called Trapwire.

    Trapwire was set up by the Abraxis Corporation, a private security operation fun by former intelligence officers and headed by ex-CIA man Richard Helms. The Abraxis CEO said in an interview seven years ago that the system was designed to share threat information and establish patterns of data that could be used to predict attacks.

    "It can collect information about people and vehicles that is more accurate than facial recognition, draw patterns, and do threat assessments of areas that may be under observation from terrorists," he said. "The application can do things like 'type' individuals so if people say 'medium build,' you know exactly what that means from that observer."

    Helms claimed then that it was the largest source of threat data outside the US government, and the leaked emails show its scope has widened further. According to one from Fred Burton, Stratfor's vice president for intelligence, the Trapwire network is now covering most North American and British high-value targets (HVT.)

    "I knew these hacks when they were GS-12's at the CIA. God Bless America. Now they have EVERY major HVT in CONUS, the UK, Canada, Vegas, Los Angeles, NYC as clients," he wrote.
    An annual Trapwire license will set the user back $150,000 he said, with a quarter-million dollar signup fee on top.

    Meanwhile, the attacks on Wikileaks go on and the organization is appealing for more funds to get extra bandwidth. AntiLeaks might have a few more problems on their hands, however, if Anonymous is to be believed.

    Hey @antileaks, do you know who you're messing with? #Anonymous #WikiLeaks
    — Anonymous (@_anonops) August 10, 2012


    Twitter: and also!/search/realtime/AntiLeaks
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  11. muldrake Member

    I don't believe this AntiLeaks thing is anything other than the U.S. government. No way anything Anonymous has this attention span and either could or would want to keep every single mirror down for days on end. It's still stupid. It's just attracting attention to exactly what they're trying to suppress and making it clear how important it is to them to suppress it.
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  13. Major Boyle Member

    Not likely the feds. For one thing, their computer resources could shut down ANY web site. Google Fort Meade. Besides, the Feds control the DNS servers so they could literally unplug Wikileaks from the net if they wanted to. More likely this is some big corporation that was a client of Stratfor who is showing its displeasure.
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  15. Herro Member

    So if the US government wanted to prevent people from reading those leaks, why would they employ a DDoS which 1) would only delay, not prevent, people reading the leaks and 2) draw attention to the leaks?
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    Why does anyone do dumb stuff? Whoever it is, it's better organized than any DDoS I've ever seen before. Took me almost a half hour to get the documents.
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    The US government couldn't possibly be incompetent.
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  20. Major Boyle Member

    As I have said. the Feds turn Fort Meade loose, Wikileaks would not function at all. They're building a couple of billion dollar plus supercomputing centers because their existing computer farm (which draws many megawatts of power) just isn't enough.
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  22. Tourniquet Member

    It's not the size of the prize, it's the motion of the ocean ;)
  23. Herro Member

    Wait, were you trying to embarrass yourself with that statement or was it unintentional? Either way thanks for giving me a chuckle.

    Anyways, protip guys, saying the government is dumb isn't an explanation for why they would undertake actions directly contrary to the interests you have ascribed to them.
  24. Anonymous Member

    orly? like you do yourself, you mean?
    lol hair oh
  25. Anonymous Member

    Wikileaks Mirrorgame
    Since Wikileaks is under susta
    ined DDoS attack for a week and all mirrors have been taken down by the attackers, I think it is a good opportunity to play a game called "MirrorIt!" and study a little more thing called streisand effect.

    So, what are the rules?

    1) Download as much files as you can from the mirrors below.
    2) If all mirrors are unavailable at the moment, search Twitter for #wlmirror.
    3) Upload those files anywhere you can and publish links on Twitter with hashtag #wlmirror.
    4) (Optional, but recommended) Read the contents of the files to find out what is someone trying to hide from you. Of course don't forget to discuss your findings with our friends, colleagues, family members and people online.
    5) We - eg. "The good guys" win if the files will be so widespread they will be unstoppable.
    6) They - eg. "The bad guys" win if they manage to make unavailable each copy of those files.
    7) It might be tight, so get involved right now!
    8) Good luck and have fun!

    *** Mirrors of multiple files (known to work recently) *** (Official Wikileaks site)
    http://isax7s5yooqgelbr.onion/ (Official Wikileaks site as a Tor hidden service)

    *** Latest GIFiles ***

    *** Syria files *** "

    ~ Via:
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  26. Anonymous Member

    Or get a nice cold beer, put your feet up and give your paranoid brain a rest.
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  27. Anonymous Member

    Diet Pepsi is 47 year-old analyst who lives in the CIA's basement.
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  28. Anonymous Member

    I guess Diet Pepsi spat his coffee all over his keyboard at today's news. Fuck him and his mama, too.
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  29. Herro Member

    Oh hey guys, sorry about that. It was my fault. I was at the data center and accidentally kicked loose the Ethernet cable. I was so busy eating delicious soup that I forgot to plug it back in. Everything should be fine now.
  30. Anonymous Member

    Probably is the only member of this group, ergo the default leader. Probably also a member of the Young Republican Club too.

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