War On The Internet: Anonymous Defends WikiLeaks After Cablegate
The bank, PostFinance, froze Assange's assets at the bank because of "false indications regarding his place of residence." He had listed his lawyer's address in Geneva as his own.
Assange is seeking asylum as a political refugee in the country.
A group of Internet hactivists -- who call themselves Anonymous -- also briefly shut down PayPal in a similar DDoS attack early Monday morning. PayPal stopped processing donations to Wikileaks in the wake of the release of the U.S. embassy cables.
Anonymous has stated that, among other things, they intend to "offer Wikileaks an additional mirror and have it Googlebombed" and "create counter-propaganda, organized attacks (DDoS) on various targets related to censorship."
They call their work "Operation Avenge Assange," and claim that the "future of the Internet is in balance."
Leading digital civil liberty groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have defended Wikileaks as well, and criticized entities like Amazon and PayPal for withdrawing services like website hosting and payment processing in the wake of the Cablegate leak.
At the time of writing, the Anonymous site had gone down itself, with a message saying "AnonOps is currently under heavy DDoS attack. The website will be back up ASAP."
The DDoS attack on Anonymous makes it clear that there is a hacker war going on between opponents and supporters of Wikileaks.