Julian Assange is the Face of Anonymous
Ever since the newest WikiLeaks Cables release, Julian Assange, Editor-In-Chief of WikiLeaks, has been under attack. I don't mean that in the innocuous "oh, he's caught some flak from the media" way, I mean, literally, under attack. Currently, the well-spoken and equally well-dressed Australian is in custody for a well-timed, and seemingly-bogus, sexual assault. His warrant was issued by INTERPOL hours after the latest cables were released.
But that's when it all started.
WikiLeaks uploaded a one-point-four gigabyte encrypted file called "Insurance" to its website. It has been made public knowledge that this file is a "poison-pill", which simply means, if Assange is murdered or, the victim of an "accident", this file will spill its contents all over the internet. This file is about twenty times larger than the collection of documents WikiLeaks has already released.
What's in it?
No one can know except for the person who created it; Assange.
Alongside of that, Assange also promised that in January, we'd see a huge release damning Bank of America's business practices. This has spurred quite a few reactions from financial institutions such as Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Amazon and PostFinance. Specifically, they decided they would no longer take donations for WikiLeaks and/or freeze the current accounts and not release the money that had been donated.
Operation Payback, the group inside of Anonymous that has consistently fought for.... whatever they felt like fighting for at the time, jumped in on the fight.
Yesterday, MasterCard's and Visa's sites went down from DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks from Anonymous. This morning, PayPal went down. PayPal has since released a statement saying they would unfreeze the account and send the money that was donated to WikiLeaks, but would not re-open the account.
God Damn, Anonymous. You Scary... BUT YOU'RE FUCKING IT UP FOR THE REST OF US.
Let me explain: I occasionally find your tactics quite brilliant. The fact that you can get a huge number of cyber-vigilantes co-ordinated from around the world to take down some of the core financial institutions is amazing. It's like that scene in Hackers where people all over the world hack into THE GIBSON and Penn Jillette shits himself.Continued on the next page