“WikiLeaks has been under sustained DDOS attacks over the last 72 hours. www.wikileaks.org is good, wikileaks.org is flooded,” read a tweet posted on the site’s Twitter account roughly 12 hours ago.
The identity of the individuals that have launched the attack is unknown, but the timing may indicate that it is somehow connected to the operation that has targeted The Pirate Bay.
“Wikileaks.org is also under attack. This sure is the year of the storm,” read a post from TPB on Facebook
“The year of the storm” refers to a post published by The Pirate Bay at the beginning of 2012, in which it predicted the way things would evolve this year.
“In this year of the storm, the winners will build windmills and the losers will raise shelters. So flex your muscles, fellow pirates, and give power to us all! Build more sites! More nets! More protocols! Scream louder than ever and take it to the next level!” they said
at the time.
One thing is certain. Anonymous can be ruled out of the equation. Most likely it’s an attack carried out by someone who is against the hacktivists, WikiLeaks, The Pirate Bay and everyone else who is fighting for the freedom of information and the freedom of the Internet.
In the meantime, WikiLeaks announced that it’s mirroring
the site for users who can’t reach it. They’ve currently set up mirror.wikileaks-press.org
where the Global Intelligence Files, Cablegate, Collateral Murder, Afghan War Diary and other report files can be found.
Of course, many users are curious about who may be behind the attacks on both The Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks, but we can’t expect neither of them to simply come forward with accusations without possessing solid evidence.
The operators of both sites must have a list of suspects, but it’s unlikely that we’ll hear any names.
On the other hand, websites such as these must have known that they have a lot of enemies, especially WikiLeaks. You can’t step on all those toes without expecting any form of retaliation.