WikiLeaks hit by week-long DDoS attack and President Correa could make announcement on Assange today.
August 13, 2012
WikiLeaks, a website that publishes classified documents from anonymous sources, says it’s been the victim of a sustained denial-of-service attack which has left its website sluggish or inaccessible for more than a week.
In a statement released late Saturday the group said the assault intensified around the beginning of August and has since expanded to include attacks against affiliated sites.
Denial-of-service attacks work by overwhelming websites with requests for information. WikiLeaks has said it’s been flooded with 10 gigabits per second of bogus traffic from thousands of different Internet addresses.
Josh Corman, with online content delivery company Akamai, characterized that as “a bit larger” than attacks commonly seen in the past few years.
WikiLeaks was created by Julian Assange, who came under fire for heading the organization that leaked secret government documents.
In related news, Ecuador could soon reveal whether it will grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at the country’s embassy in Britain for nearly two months.
Quito announced last month it would respond to the request after the Olympic Games in London, which wrapped up on Sunday.
President Rafael Correa is due to appear on state television this afternoon (AEST).
However, government officials were unable to say whether he would announce a decision at that time.