A self-styled 'patriot hacker' going by the name of The Jester is claiming sole responsibility for bringing whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks to its knees over the weekend.
The Government-baiting data vigilante outfit, which today outed 250,000 face-reddening cable communications sent and received by US embassies all over the globe, was temporarily stopped in its tracks on Sunday morning by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack reported in a WikiLeaks tweet.
'Hacktivist for Good' th3j35t3r (the Jester), who says he is "Obstructing the lines of communication for terrorists, sympathizers, fixers, facilitators, oppressive regimes and other general bad guys" is claiming to have knobbled the WikiLeaks site single-handedly with the message, "TANGO DOWN - for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations".
The Jester has recently claimed to have carried out similar attacks on Islamist sites including Mojahden.net, islamicawakening.com, albukhari.com, falojaa.net and muslm.net for "facilitating jihadi recruitment of young muslims & spreading propaganda," and "the online radicalization of young muslims in US and Europe".
WikiLeaks, which has been a major thorn in the side of the US government since leaking video of a helicopter gunship slaughtering innocent journalists in 2007, and has since released hundreds of thousands of secret documents into the public domain, was unavailable for several hours on Sunday.
The outage failed to prevent what the site is ambitiously describing as 'the most important leak in the history of the world' as it released yet more documents to four International newspapers who will no doubt be releasing all of the juicy bits in dribs and drabs over the coming weeks in order to keep their circulations and click-rates up.
So far the missives have revealed that some countries say unpleasant things about each other behind their backs, the US Government doesn't care who it gets into bed with as long as it gets its own way, and the British Royal Family is populated by inbred eejits.
We're all hoping for some real revelations tomorrow.