Moneybookers Now Targeted by DDoS Attacks

Friday, December 10, 2010

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Moneybookers, the online payment company who ended their business relationship with WikiLeaks in August, is now the subject of distributed denial of service attacks by WikiLeaks sympathizers.

According to a report by Finextra, the site has experienced some downtime due to the attacks.

Anonymous Operations, assumed to be connected to Operation Payback, announced the attacks via Twitter early Friday morning.

The DDoS attack follows a failed attempt to down Amazon servers on Thursday, and multiple successful attacks against PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, the Swedish Prosecutors, PostFinance Bank, EveryDNS, Senator Joe Lieberman's government hosted site, and Sarah Palin PAC website.

Websites associated with the Operation Payback group have also been reported as having suffered some downtime due to retaliation attacks.

Operation Payback, a pro-piracy hacker group, and members of the hacker social network 4chan have been engaging in multiple DDoS attacks against the websites of organizations and individuals they deem to be stifling WikiLeaks efforts to distribute classified materials and raise funds.

A dutch teenager is reported to be the first person arrested in connection to the DDoS attacks.

The flurry of denial of service attacks that have lasted almost two weeks began in earnest with a non-distributed denial of service attack (DOS) initiated by an anti-jihadi hacker hacker known as The Jester (th3j35t3r) who downed the WikiLeaks website on November 28th.

Interviews with The Jester and videos of the XerXeS DoS tool that took down WikiLeaks can be found here.

For more details on many of these attacks, please visit the Panda Labs site, who has also experienced some downtime due to DoS attacks:

http://pandalabs.pandasecurity.com/tis-the-season-of-ddos-wikileaks-editio/

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