WikiHacks work to promote anarchy
Not so many months ago, WikiLeaks was viewed as a radical but somewhat legitimate group whose primary interest appeared to be to get controversial documents into the public sphere.
But actions this week show the Internet group and its supporters are simply anarchists, eager to punish any individual or organization who dares to cross them.
Targets of WikiHackers this week include the Swedish prosecutors who have filed sexual misconduct charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a Swiss group that froze Assange’s bank account and MasterCard, which ended its relationship with WikiLeaks Tuesday. PayPal, Yahoo! and others have also severed all ties with the group.
Calling their global temper tantrum “Operation Payback,” the WikiLeaks supporter engaged in efforts to disable websites of selected targets by flooding them with heavy traffic.
Additionally, WikiLeaks threatened to release even more sensitive information from the U.S. State Department if Assange was arrested.
He surrendered to British authorities earlier this week and, sure enough, more diplomatic cables were released, although it’s not clear how damaging they were.
WikiLeaks and its hacker supporters are engaging in a form of Internet coercion — saying, in effect, “Let us do whatever we want and don’t try to hold us accountable for our actions, and we won’t disrupt your websites.”
It’s good to see there’s little evidence that either government agencies or private entities are capitulating to the threats.