Wikileaks Out, The Jester Speaks Out, Anonops Freaks Out

The insanity that is Wikileaks continues. As you may know if you have been following this soap opera, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa all suffered attacks after cutting off funding to the Wikileaks site.

According to one website, a Hacktivist groups called Anonymous (“Anonops” – See video above) that attacked the financial companies is offering its hacker toolkit (LOIC – Low Orbit Ion Cannon) free to any one who wants to join in on the offensive. There are currently about 500 computers in the LOIC Botnet Hive. Wow, what were they thinking there?

It looks like a full war of Hacktivists has started as Anonops itself suffered a Denial of Service Attack. Pandalabs has an exceptional timeline with charts of the ongoing DDoS war.

And lastly, The Jester breaks the silence and releases a statement. Basically saying that there is a Jester imposter, and vengeance is mine.  

Craziness, and I was hoping this Wikileaks nonsense would stop this week. Now it seems that it has created a DDoS storm of pro and anti-Wikileaks followers.

What is next? Tune in next week for the next exciting episode of “Why isn’t Assange in Federal Prison yet”? Or “Obama shuts down internet to stop DDoS attacks”.

Wikileaks Julian Assange BUSTED!

Well about time. News story is developing now, but looks like he turned himself in to a London police station. He was denied bail and is refusing to be extradited to Sweden.

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Cyber Arms Intelligence Report for December 6, 2010

Wikileaks again makes front page news. This time Assange threatens to release a large cache of secret encrypted documents if he is arrested or if any action is taken against Wikileaks. What is this? Some sort of Cyber Extortion? And how is this different from what he has been doing already? He is basically saying, “If you try to stop me from releasing sensitive classified documents, I will release more of them”. He has already proved that he is out to damage the US as much as possible, so this is not really a threat. He will release them anyways.

Where is our Cyber Command in all of this? Several have questioned why hasn’t the US Cyber Command taken out Wikileaks by now. Cyber Command was commissioned to defend Department of Defense systems. With the release of military documents it would seem that this would fall well into the realm of Cyber Command’s operational realms. This question was posed to Pentagon’s Press Secretary Geoff Morrell last week, and the response? Granted the leaks are embarrassing, but they really don’t hurt us:

 But, at the end of the day, it does not, at least over the long term, adversely impact America’s power or prestige. Secretary Gates just does not buy into that. People don’t do business with America necessarily because they like us or even trust us. They do business with us because they must. We are the last, one, remaining, indispensable power.

Interesting statement, but this may not be the whole story. Last Month Cyber Command’s chief, Gen. Keith B. Alexander petitioned for additional rights to perform offensive operations in protecting US interests. But it looks like it won’t happen:

But current and former officials say that senior policymakers and administration lawyers want to limit the military’s offensive computer operations to war zones such as Afghanistan, in part because the CIA argues that covert operations outside the battle zone are its responsibility and the State Department is concerned about diplomatic backlash.

So it would seem that Cyber Command has its hands tied and for the meantime this is going to become a legal battle that will go on for months. Even as Wikileaks mirror sites now pass 200.

Some information that has come out in the leaks has been interesting though. Saudis continue to be major financial supporters of terror groups. According to a NY Post article from earlier this year Saudis create the text books for many Muslim nations and they still contain anti-Semitic and anti-Christian teachings. These text books have even appeared in British class rooms.

Another document released, China uses access to Microsoft source code to help plot cyber warfare, is also very interesting. It appears that China has signed an agreement with Microsoft that allows select Chinese companies access to Microsoft source code. And what is China doing with this access? Some of the companies involved are known for hiring and working with Chinese hacker groups. Nothing like handing them the keys to the castle…

Some interesting picture links:

And lastly, other top cybersecurity news from around the web:

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Russia tops Kaspersky Labs’ list of global spammers
Intel Plans 1,000-Core Processors — But How Fast Will They Be?

Jester an Imposter? Wikileaks without Home & White House Warning

The Wikileaks saga continued today. After Wikileaks attacker “The Jester” stated that an imposter had claimed that his home was raided by police, reports have come out saying that “The Jester” may in fact be pretending to be the imposter.

It seems that Wikileaks is currently looking for a new home. After being under constant DoS attacks, Wikileaks moved their site back to the Amazon cloud. Amazon summarily canceled their site claiming that it violated the terms of use policy.  Wikileaks then released a statement denying Amazon’s claim of breach of terms and posted this on Twitter:

“Amazon’s press release does not accord with the facts on public record. It is one thing to be cowardly. Another to lie about it”

Next Wikileaks moved to the Swiss hosted domain “Wikileaks.ch”. This domain is hosted by both French and Swiss servers. But, on Friday France moved to ban Wikileaks from its servers due to the political backlash of the document release:

Industry Minister Eric Besson says it’s “unacceptable” for French servers to host the site, which “violates the secret of diplomatic relations and puts people protected by diplomatic secret in danger.“”

It also looks like Sweden may be turning on Wikileaks also as it finally finalized an arrest warrant for founder Julian Assange:

“Swedish officials issued a Europe-wide arrest warrant for Assange earlier in the week, only to have to refile it when British officials got in touch to say that it did not meet their standards. Swedish authorities said they have now passed on all supplementary information asked for by British police, meaning that an arrest could be imminent.”

It looks like time may be running out for Assange.

In the meantime, the White House released a memo to government employees warning them not to read the classified memos on the Wikileaks site. Apparently, even though they are on a public site, it does –

“…not alter the documents’ classified status or automatically result in declassification of the documents. To the contrary, classified information, whether or not already posted on public websites or disclosed to the media remains classified, and must be treated as such by federal employees and contractors, until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. Government authority”

But could a government employee be fired for reading classified documents on the Wikileaks site? Possibly, says White House Office of Management and Budget spokesperson Moira Mack:

Any breaches of protocols governing access to classified material are subject to applicable sanctions under long-standing and existing law.”

Well, it seems that the entire world can read the documents on the Wikileaks site, but you better stay clear if you are a government employee…

Wikileaks needs to be shutdown. Assange needs to be prosecuted and the sources need to be court martialed as traitors.

Hopefully this madness will end soon.