Saturday, January 29, 2011

The hunt for pro-WikiLeaks hackers is on

The CNET News reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents were deployed yesterday to pursue the people responsible for the cyberattacks defending the controversial whistle-blowing site, WikiLeaks.
Over 40 search warrants were issued in the US as part of the probe that attacked the companies which cut off the financial sources of Julian Assange's Web site.
According to the FBI, the online activists called Anonymous claimed responsibility over the DDoS attacks to Amazon, MasterCard, PayPal, and Visa late last year.
The distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults were done through the use of a computer software that could download data freely.
In December, Paypal contacted the FBI after the they traced two IP addresses as to the physical location of the attacker. One was found in Texas where the agents confiscated the server.
The San Francisco Chronicle quoted the Ars Technica report from a private online forum that there was one who claimed that the FBI "busted down his door and pointed real guns at him."
The report stated, however, that they "cannot guarantee the authenticity of these accounts, though we believe them to be genuine."
France, Germany and the Netherlands are also conducting their own investigations in relation to the cyberttacks. In the UK, five people were arrested yesterday on the suspicion of their involvement with the Anonymous.
The FBI said that the punishment for those who will be found guilty of DDoS attack is 10 years jail term plus fines for damages.
Details of this story in this link.

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