Cyber attacks are not a new thing, however recently Operation Payback has shown that massive chaos can be possible when private citizens are “hacked off” by the government.
Julian Assange and Wikileaks seem to be gaining support from people around the world who are rallying for Freedom of Speech. The trigger for the attacks seems to be the banning of Assange’s account by PayPal and other monetary organizations such as his Swiss bank and Amazon.
Amazon was the begining of the problem, shutting down the Wikileaks site and alerting the world of possibilities related to Freedom of Speech.
According to reports from real time Twitter feeds, Amazon is publically denouncing Wikileaks while trying to sell an eBook of cables for Kindle through their United Kingdom site.
Because of the retaliations on Assange, outraged activists are banning together in a world wide hack on large companies who are announcing their withdraw from Assange. Updated Tweets can be seen through Google Trends as they are posted.
United Nations representative Frank La Rue is supporting Wikileaks saying in an interview with Elenor Hall, Assange is now a martyr for freedom of speech. The statement made by La Rue appears to be the bottom line for bloggers globally as they continue to post regardless of government threats.
These attacks are happening at lightening speed making it difficult to contain the damages which have the potential to bring down the powerful companies running the financial eCommerce world. Jumping from one site to the other, it’s an event which can bring the information grid to a deadlock. Government agencies are scrambling to protect themselves against these hacks.
Currently, the United States government is trying to force the closure of discussions online about Wikileaks according to Twitter.
Because of the latest attacks, rumors are circulating PayPal is releasing Assange’s funds but still are not allowing new donations through its site. Unconfirmed reports are also saying Twitter and Facebook are going to be the hackers next targets.
Anonymous is saying the reason for the hacks is these organizations and companies are trying to limit global Freedom of Speech while some are speculating the United States will be charging Assange as a spy saying he is not a “real journalist.”
The group calling themselves Anonymous has vowed to continue their attacks online until their demands are met. It is clear by reading their letter, the free flow if information without retaliation like the Assange and Wikileaks situation is their main focus.