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Rockntractor
12-12-2010, 03:59 PM
Cyberwar: If there was ever any doubt WikiLeaks is a criminal enterprise, it has vanished now that hackers have attacked MasterCard, Visa and Amazon.com. This is the work of organized crime, not spontaneous dissent.

For years, WikiLeaks has claimed that its release of stolen U.S. classified documents over the Internet fosters democracy, transparency and informed public discourse. For such public-spiritedness, it's been lionized by the Economist magazine and Amnesty International and showered with left-wing foundation money. Now the mask is off, and the reality is far uglier.

Embittered by MasterCard, Visa and Amazon.com's refusal to do any business with WikiLeaks because of its "violation of the terms of service," a loosely organized band of hackers acting on behalf of WikiLeaks has launched unprecedented attacks against these enterprises in a criminal attempt to shut them down.

That's right: In the name of promoting transparency, they hide behind the pixel curtain of anonymity and attack legitimate businesses that insist on operating transparently within the bounds of the law.

WikiLeaks traffics in stolen goods, so these companies can no more do business with them than they can trade with a mafia fence taking hijacked loads off Long Island big rigs. But to the hackers attacking them, there's no such thing as a willing buyer and seller. If these companies won't do business with WikiLeaks on their terms, no one's going to do business with them.

WikiLeaks says it knows nothing about this attack, but it's irrelevant. Founder Julian Assange has claimed that his organization has 1,200 "volunteers." But they likely overlap with the cybercriminals and are impossible to sort out.

Assange claims the attacks are just spontaneous "public opinion," as if hackers are the same as the public. More accurately, they are organized crime in the loose sort of criminal alliance characteristic of cartels.

Like the cartels of Mexico, or the thugs of the Russian mafia, the WikiLeaks alliance enjoys preening for the public. The ultimate aim is not to sell drugs, traffic in people or even release ill-gotten information; it's to challenge the state.

Assange said as much in an interview with the New Yorker in June. A nest of hackers releasing secrets could "bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality including the U.S. administration," he told the magazine.

He has tried to subvert the U.S. war effort, silence U.S. diplomacy and now shut down free enterprise. The only question is what he and his collaborators will lunge for next. They need to be rounded up like any criminal gang, cyber or otherwise.
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/556389/201012091905/The-WikiLeaks-Cartel.htm

Odysseus
12-12-2010, 06:25 PM
He has tried to subvert the U.S. war effort, silence U.S. diplomacy and now shut down free enterprise. The only question is what he and his collaborators will lunge for next.

No. The only real question is why Assange is still breathing.

m00
12-12-2010, 10:35 PM
Founder Julian Assange has claimed that his organization has 1,200 "volunteers." But they likely overlap with the cybercriminals and are impossible to sort out.

Yeah real hard hitting journalism there. :rolleyes: They "likely" are criminals so lets assume they are for purposes of this rant.