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December 9th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Cyber attacks ramping up in WikiLeaks support

(CNN) - Though its founder is cooling his heels in a London jail and major credit-card firms have refused to process its donations, the website WikiLeaks continued to trickle out documents from its vast cache of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables Wednesday.

WikiLeaks' supporters in the computer-hacking community turned their ire against organizations that had cut off the site. Among the targets were the website of Sweden's national prosecutor's office, which is seeking the extradition from Britain of WikiLeaks' creator and editor-in-chief, Julian Assange. The attacks have also targeted the corporate websites of Visa and MasterCard, and now Sarah Palin’s website, SarahPAC.com.

The denial of service attacks appear to be the work of a group that calls itself “Anonymous.”

Just how much chaos can these pranksters cause?

Noah Shachtman, contributing editor with Wired Magazine and editor of the “Danger Room” national security blog, joins American Morning’s John Roberts to explain who these hackers are, and who their next targets might be.


Filed under: Security • Wikileaks
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  1. g reg

    People!! We must stop this site from spilling all of "our" nations secrets. Its a disgrace what this traitor is leaking! I mean, what is this world going to be like if Pfizer can't go and test their unproven drugs on the poorest black people in the world and then blackmail and extort their government officials until they back down. I mean did this really happen... come on. I didn't hear it on Fox or CNN. Also, how are the large oil companies going to be able to provide us with insanely expensive gas if they can't price fix and rob Nigeria's people of their natural resources. Their country is better off this way. We should all be really proud of our government and these companies. We need to stand up for them and continue ONLY watching network news channels who receive massive amounts of advertising dollars for these companies. That way, our media will be to scared to even mention these horrible "leaks". We the people, don't need to know this stuff. Its classified for a reason people!!!! We should just work, and then shop on credit cards so the financial companies can enslave us with interest until all we can do is work. We don't need to know all these bad secrets.

    December 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
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    December 9, 2010 at 11:50 am |