Wikileaks downed in cyber attack

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks’was taken offline for several hours overnight in an apparent ddos attack.

The outfit has resumed its task of releasing thousands US diplomatic cables, publishing some
134,000 cables in the past week alone and provoking the ire of the US and Australian governments, after outing its entire Australian catalogue.

Also published was the entire Swedish archive. Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange happens to be an Australian who enjoys a rather sticky relationship with Swedish authorities. They want him to come explain the allegations of two women of what they claim is sexual impropriety.

“The decision to publish 133,877 cables was taken in accordance with WikiLeaks’ commitment to maximising impact, and making information available to all," the outfit announced yesterday. "At the beginning of the month, the number of cables published had only reached the 20,000 mark – under 10 per cent of the total.”

Within hours, WikiLeaks became the subject of what it called a “sustained denial of service attack”. The attack took WikiLeaks.org offline for nearly four hours overnight..

Australian attorney-general Robert McClelland called Wikileaks' publication of the cables, with incriminating names unredacted irresponsible.

“The publication of any information that could compromise Australia’s national security – or inhibit the ability of intelligence agencies to monitor potential threats – is incredibly irresponsible.”

In response, Assange twittered: “If Mr McClelland is unhappy about being caught out, perhaps he should consider cancelling my Australian passport again.

“It has not, after all proven terribly useful to me the last 267 days of my detention without charge.”