The second DDoS strike on WikiLeaks this year has taken its site offline, Assange’s organisation says.
The Wikileaks is down after hit by massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack for last five days.The DDoS attack was started on August 3rd.
This is not the first time the wikileaks is being DDoSed, the website was down for four days in May 2012.
The attack is a very broad one. Most WikiLeaks mirrors have been brought offline as well, with some coming back today. Even sites simply related to WikiLeaks have been targeted.
These include the WikiLeaks-endorsed website Cabledrum, including its mirror of the WikiLeaks website, and French non-profit FDNN, which hosts a WikiLeaks' donation portal. The latter was attacked shortly after WikiLeaks linked to it as an alternative to donate while the WikiLeaks website is down. WL Central and Justice for Assange were also attacked for a short period of time.
A Hacker group called AntiLeaks claimed that they are responsible for the attack and has issued the following statement:
"You can call me DietPepsi. I am the leader of AntiLeaks. We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves. 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 aslyum in Ecuador.WikiLeaks is currenlty raising money for more bandwidth and is instructing readers and supporters to head to a mirror site to donate money.
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."