The Hacktivist group, Anonymous, has targeted WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange’s Swedish prosecutors among other targets that have taken action against WikiLeaks. This is all a part of “Operation: Payback” which has now expanded into “Operation Avenge Assange.” This poster has been being passed around the Internet:
The group’s website gives further information on what they intend to do:
- Offer WikiLeaks an additional mirror and have it Googlebombed.
- Create counter-propaganda, organizing attacks (DDoS) on various targets related to censorship (time, date and target will be published by that time).
- Contact media entities, inform them that Operation:Payback has come out in support of Wikileaks, and has declared war on the entities involved in censoring there information; we will seek public support in a campaign against censorship.
- We will find and will attack those who stand against Wikileaks and we will support WikiLeaks in everything they need.
At least one new term (at least, to me) has popped up in all of this: “voluntary botnet.” I’m going to explore this topic in a future post in more detail, but I have to assume it means joining an IRC channel voluntarily to effect DDoS attacks as a group.