Wikileaks cablegate website comes under attack

A website set up by WikiLeaks to host leaked US diplomatic cables has been the victim of an online attack known as a denial of service that flood the website with access requests.

A website set up by WikiLeaks to host leaked US diplomatic cables has been the victim of an online attack.

The attack came in the form of a denial of service (DoS), which involves a large number of access requests being made to a particular website. The high volume of requests floods the website and it becomes overwhelmed, making it inaccessible.

At around 12 o' clock today the attack made the website briefly unreachable, the BBC reports. WikiLeaks informed the world of the attack by posting on its Twitter feed: "We are currently under another DDOS attack."

It then tweeted, "DDOS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second."

Nobody has come forward to take responsibility for the attack, but WikiLeaks has only released 281 of the 251,287 leaked cables it acquired so far, so there's plenty of time for the so-called Cablegate saga to unfold.

WikiLeaks is releasing over 250,000 classified cables sent from American embassies. The cables reveal, among other things, that the US embassy in China believes the People's Republic of China hacked Google , carrying out a "coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government", according to the New York Times.

Elsewhere Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been offered residency in Ecuador. Deputy foreign minister for the South American nation Kintto Lucas said, "We are open to giving him residency in Ecuador, without any problem and without any conditions." 

Image credit: BBC

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