A new amateur face of Cyber War

A new amateur face of Cyber WarThe recently launched website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21st-century cyber warfare evolving into a more amateur and anarchic affair than many predicted.

Most of the debate has focused on the threat from militant groups such as al Qaeda or mainstream state on state conflict while most nations of the world have ploughed much more attention and resources into cyber security in recent years.

From in.finance.yahoo.com:

“The first serious infowar is now engaged,” former Grateful Dead lyricist, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation John Perry Barlow told his followers on Twitter last week. “The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.”

Some of the more militant elements on the Internet clearly took him at his word. A group calling itself Anonymous put the quote at the top of a webpage entitled “Operation Avenge Assange“, referring to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Online collective Anonymous appears to be using social networking site Twitter to coordinate attacks on websites belonging to entities it views as trying to silence WikiLeaks.

Targets have included MasterCard , Visa and a Swiss bank. All blocked payments to Wikileaks on apparent U.S. pressure.

The Swedish government website and Swedish prosecutors behind Assange’s arrest in London for extradition and questioning over sex allegations were also hit. Some Wikileaks supporters view the accusations as politically motivated.

Twitter and Facebook shut down accounts apparently belonging to Anonymous but some believe that it would be enough to stop the campaign.


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