The Wikileaks website is back online after a week-long distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that security experts have said is further evidence the world of hacktivist groups is becoming ever more fragmented.
Wikileaks went back online on Monday after being down for close to a week. The whistle-blower site reported being targeted by a massive 10Gbit/s DDoS attack via Twitter last week.
The attack was initially speculated to have been mounted by a hostile government agency, though a hacktivist group operating under the moniker "Anti Leaks" later moved to claim credit for the attack.
"We find the speculation that we are not behind these attacks and/or that we are CIA/NSA/FBI or even Wikileaks themselves to be downright comical," it said on Monday.
The group claimed that the attack was being mounted to protest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's attempts to avoid extradition to Sweden.
"We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves. We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at asylum in Ecuador," read Anti Leaks' statement.
"Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us."
The emergence of a hacktivist group targeting Wikileaks has been taken as yet further evidence that hacktivism is in a state of flux, having expanded beyond the control of core collectives like Anonymous.
"The point with hacktivism, or cause-motivated activity in general, is that there are always three sides to every story; yours, mine and the truth. For every politically motivated activity, whether online or in the real world, there is every possibility of counter-activity," Trend Micro security director Rik Ferguson told V3.
"Just as we predicted at the beginning of the year, hacktivism continues to expand its sphere of activities and new threat actors are adopting proven techniques to make their various points."
At the time of publishing, Wikileaks had not responded to V3's request for comment on the attack.
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