Where the Hacktivists Are
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, chances are somewhere along the way you’ve seen the news about Wikileaks. The ‘definition’ from Wikipedia: WikiLeaks is an international new media non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and leaks. The publish news and information that’s just really difficult to obtain in simple terms.
The sites founder, Julian Assange, has had a rather interesting few weeks. He’s gone from the voice of open government and free speech, to being placed on Interpols most wanted list for the recent debacle. WikiLkeaks, is currently in the process of leaking over 250,000 documents onto the internet. A great many people have called Assange many things, terrorist, dissident, guilty of treason, the list seemingly gets added to daily. The website doesn’t earn money, it’s powered purely by donation presumably, and as a result, they have a few friends.
It now seems however, that Mastercard, PayPal and Visa have pulled the ability to donate to WikiLeaks, a few friends have been angered. A few would be putting it mildly, as there’s no confirmed number but it’s somewhere in the area of 8000 plus. A group, calling itself ‘Anonymous’ is retaliating against the payment agencies, saying they’re hindering free speech on the internet. From D-DoS attacks, to mirroring the WikiLeaks site, they’re doing their part to keep the information flowing. And seeing as at a recent tally, just over 1200 of the 250,000 cables have been produced, it’s going to be a long push with a great many people helping along the way.
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