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Recent developments in cyberwar: Anonymous servers down

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

[Esta noticia fue traducida al castellano (español). Pincha aqui para leerla.]

The official Anonymous collective recruitment web has been shut down. A new improvised link announces: “Our usual website is unable to accommodate visitors due to DDOS attacks, so we have limited the site to a much lighter interface to display basic information to our Users”. Also, the Collective’s IRC network is under stress. There have been massive kicks, lag and many functions are unavailable.

The same tactic (DDos attack) used by the group to freeze Visa’s, Mastercard’s and Paypal’s servers are being used against them. A Anon. member pointed out that the current attacks are “fairly powerful”. However, according to this spokesperson, Operation Payback is not under risk: “nothing is ever cancelled / OP will be here until we are no longer needed / our stated mission and goals remain”.

The organization behind these attacks remains unknown. When we asked a member of the collective if they know where the attacks are coming from the answer was a plain “unsure atm [at the moment]. After some insistence they gave us some possible suspects. “Well the obvious assumption would be twofold / companies that have been targeted by the users of our irc is one / 2 would be anyone else out there who disagrees with our views (…) companies have before used hired guns to achieve their goals; ie aiplex”. ” I have seen some Ron Paul supporters call to action / only an assumption though”, said another.

Our impression is that the group is conscious about the magnitude about current worldwide events related to the cyberwar.  However, they stressed that “this is kind of a new phenomenon, we dont understand it fully either”. To end the interview a member explained: “Our hope is that once they understand what is at stake for everyone, they might decide that we are not a bunch of kids / that we are forward thinking in our views / and might one day decide that what we stand for is correct and just”.

The global cyberwar continues.

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Anonymous collective publishes an audio-visual manifesto

December 10, 2010 2 comments

An audio-visual manifesto posted recently on the net by the Anonymous collective is the best summary of  its beliefs and our struggle. The video points out some important characteristics about the group. First of all, they deny the claims that they are a terrorist organization. We are not a terrorist organization or a group of “hackers” as governments, demagogues, and the media would have you believe. We are a diverse group that touches every aspect of philosophy, religion, and politics ever conceived by man”, they say.  Also, they  continue to focus on popular recruitment, “It is here that we proclaim: Any individual, organization, corporation, and/or government entity which supports Freedom of Speech and a Free Internet is an ally of Anonymous. If you work to suppress Freedom of Expression and a Free Internet your efforts will be halted (…) We would like to ask that you as a citizen, organization, media entity, or government do the same by joining us”. We assume the group has nearly 9,000 activists and growing, where people with very different characters and skills are focusing on a common objective through networking.

[El manifiesto fue traducido por un colaborador al castellano. Pincha aqui para leerlo.]

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Julian Assange on the impact of Wikileaks

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

In an interview published by the Spanish journal El Pais, the founder of Wikileaks affirmed that world’s history  will be divided in a before and an after the leaks. We believe it is the most relevant attack against governmental institutions in all of the contemporary age.  The impact on politics and diplomacy generated by the leaks, as Assange attests, are still hard to screen.

Assange, who gave the interview through the Internet, also confirmed to be, naturally, suffering murder threats made in great part by The United States’  far right politicians.

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Founder of Wikileaks asks for financial help

December 6, 2010 2 comments

Wikileaks founder, the australian reporter Julian Assange sent this letter to partners and global community in general. He asks financial help to stand the costs of his legal representation. According to him, the prosecution started in Sweden, leave him at risk of arrest in U.K, since Interpol theoretically hunts him with maximum interest.

Although Scotland Yard confirmed that they know his exact location, they did not act. Some people think the threat of publishing top secret documents of a powerful, and unknown, American bank may be the reasons behind this threat. Assange has confirmed to have very relevant material with him. In the past days the Wikileaks site has offered an encripted doomsday packet supposedly containing this information. He claims he will publish in case of death or arrest.

For those interested in helping,  the Wikileaks Foundation has a web-page offering various ways to donate.

From: Julian Assange – WikiLeaks

Subject: WikiLeaks – hope you can help

Date: Saturday, 4 December, 2010, 3:21

Dear ***,

As you may have heard I am facing arrest in the United Kingdom in relation to extradition attempts by Sweden and probably the US.

If this happens I will be stuck in solitary confinement during my defence unless I can raise the necessary funds for bail and representation.

I am reaching out to you in regard to this matter and I am also looking at support to defend our other WikiLeak people.

If you can assist or you know someone who could please contact me here or my solicitor Jennifer Robinson (jennifer.robinson@fsilaw.com +44(0)75 8452 9148 or +44(0)78 3111 5000) of Finers Stephens Innocent LLP.

Hope you can help,

Julian

Julian Assange – WikiLeaks

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