The WikiLeaks website crashed Tuesday in an apparent cyberattack after the accelerated publication of tens of thousands of once-secret State Department cables by the anti-secrecy organization raised new concerns about the exposure of confidential U.S. embassy sources.It's about freaking time.
"WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack," the group said on Twitter late Tuesday. One hour later, the site and the cables posted there were inaccessible.
WikiLeaks updated its Twitter account to say that it was "still under a cyberattack" and directed followers to search for cables on a mirror site or a separate search system, cablegatesearch.net.
The apparent cyberattack comes after current and former American officials said the recently released cables—and concerns over the protection of sources—are creating a fresh source of diplomatic setbacks and embarrassment for the Obama administration. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.
You know, all that cutting edge thought about cyberdefense/offense, and cyber war in general...sure is nice to see some real world application. Brave sir Julian, shooting range target..(Metaphorically speaking of course). My how things have soured since those halcyon days of 2010, and the breathless release of the gunship video, Brave Sir Julian accompanied by his loyal seconds in the MSM.
The accelerated flood of publishing partly reflects the collapse of the unusual relationships between WikiLeaks and news organizations that previously were cooperating with it in exchange for being given copies of all the uncensored State Department messages.So sad to see the breakup is continuing apace.... The NYT and Asschapeau are made for each other. Quite the couple. Come on folks patch things up. Does it really have to end up in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe" territory?
Initially, WikiLeaks released only a trickle of documents at a time from a trove of a quarter-million, and only after considering advice from five news organizations with which it chose to share all of the material. The news organizations advised WikiLeaks on which documents to release publicly and what redactions to make to those documents. The Associated Press was not among those news organizations.
In recent months, those relationships have soured noticeably. WikiLeaks complained Tuesday that a reporter who wrote about the group's efforts for The New York Times, one of the news organizations it was working with closely, was a "sleazy hack job." It also said a reporter for Guardian in Britain, another of its former partners in the release of documents, had exhibited a "tawdry vendetta" against WikiLeaks.
But, no matter. Asschapeau really has no need of the old guard brick and mortar media. He has new media. He IS new media. Behold the power of this half baked simulacrum of a 'press release' from the war room of the always highly professional WL:
WikiLeaks fired back at the criticism even as its website came under cyberattack.
"Dear governments, if you don't want your filth exposed, then stop acting like pigs. Simple," the group posted on Twitter.
Sure looks like you might have crossed swords with the wrong folks Brave Sir Julian, of the Anemic pallor and Multi-Hued Coif.. Is it the U.S., government raining cyber napalm down on your ..er...coif, or maybe it is Australia...
Or is it them?
Oh, you know: THEM.
But, no worries. When your world is falling in around you, and even your friends have begun to shun you...well..you can...you can..
You can always DANCE.
Dance with yourself..
If I were Billy, I'd sue to get my hair back: