December 7, 2010

Anonymous Hackers Join Team Wikileaks!

In an article over atRaw you can learn about this group, calling themselves Anonymous.

Apparently, they have taken down the website of the bank that froze Wikileak's funds.

RawStory gets one thing wrong-- they say the group is called "Operation Payback." The group is called Anonymous, and they've been around for a while. What they're doing is "Operation Payback." This is interesting, because as far as I know, their protests have in the past been limited to DNS attacks on Scientologist websites, and standing around with Guy Fawkes masks on, evoking V for Vendetta.

From RawStory:

Earlier in the day, Swiss bank PostFinance issued a statement announcing that it had frozen 31,000 euro ($41,000 US) in an account set up as a legal defense fund for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The bank said it had frozen the account because, in opening it, Assange had claimed residency in Geneva.

"Assange cannot provide proof of residence in Switzerland and thus does not meet the criteria for a customer relationship with PostFinance," the bank said.

As of Monday evening, the PostFinance website was unavailable.

Operation Payback also promised a hack attack on PayPal, the online payment service that last week cut off WikiLeaks, denying the group a major tool for collecting donations from supporters.

Here's a video Anonymous posted on YouTube about what they are doing.

For more on the Wikileaks story as it unfolds, check out the New York Times blog

Glad to see Anonymous is on Team Wikileaks!