Massive Internet outages in U.S. on Friday thought to be work of WikiLeaks supporters

Massive Internet outages in U.S. on Friday thought to be work of WikiLeaks supporters

[Ed. – This is a developing story, and it’s not clear where it will all go.  But WikiLeaks thought it was their supporters, since the organization went online and asked them to cease and desist.]

A massive co-ordinated series of cyber attacks has forced hundreds of major websites from Amazon to Twitter offline across the globe – and WikiLeaks believes its supporters were responsible.

It urged its backers to ‘stop taking down the US internet’, saying ‘Mr Assange is still alive and WikiLeaks is still publishing’.

It then tweeted: ‘The Obama administration should not have attempted to misuse its instruments of state to stop criticism of its ruling party candidate.’

The Ecuadorian government switched off Assange’s internet service Sunday after he released another tranche of emails showing the contents of a speech given by Hillary Clinton to Goldman Sachs. …

Internet service company Dyn, which controls the ‘address book’ of the internet for dozens of major companies, said that it had suffered its first denial of service (DDoS) attack shortly after 6AM ET (11AM BST), in an attack that mostly affected the east coast of the US.

It told CNBC the attack is ‘well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions IP addresses at same time.’

It confirmed a second attack at 1PM ET…

Dozens of different systems were believed to have been used.

One the the techniques used was a botnet powered by popular malware known as Mirai.

This was released by hackers just a few weeks ago, sparking fears it could lead to a major attack such as today’s.

(Image: Screen cap of WikilLeaks tweet via Daily Mail)
(Image: Screen cap of WikilLeaks tweet via Daily Mail)

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