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Anonymous Jumps To Wikileaks' Defence

Anonymous has rushed to the defence of the controversial whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, attacking anyone looking to disrupt WikiLeaks with Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS).

The DDoS attacks, made under the Operation Payback banner, have been launched against PayPal for closing down WikiLeaks' donation account, Swiss Bank PostFinance for freezing Assange's bank account, and a number of other services suspected of disrupting WikiLeaks operations.

According to ARS Technia, the apparent spokesperson for the group, going by the screen name 'ColdBlood', said that any website "bowing down to government pressure" will be targeted.

Following the release of the classified US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, the website has been continually besieged by DDoS attacks and has been forced to move servers a number of times.

Previously, Amazon had stopped hosting the website claiming that its violated its Terms of Use and DNS provider EveryDNS dropped WikiLeaks, claiming that the website was under attack from massive DDoS attacks.