Watch: BBC Reports ‘Hacktivist’ Groups Moving From DDoS Attacks To Journalism

by on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm in Politics, WikiLeaks, World

Here’s an interesting BBC World News America clip that documents how a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack actually works.  The news program then brings on Jeff Jarvis, author and Professor of Journalism at the City University of New York, and Tom Blanton, Executive Director of the National Security Archives.  They discuss WikiLeaks and the hacktivist groups that independently target corporations complicit in the US government’s attempts to sabotage WikiLeaks’ transparency efforts.

It is revealed that the hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ has called on its thousands of members today to stop the DDoS attacks — believing it’s diverting the world’s focus away from WikiLeaks’ diplomatic cable revelations.  Instead the members are being asked to redirect their energies towards reading the WikiLeaks documents themselves, and writing stories about them online:

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