Threat Management

Conflict between OurMine and Anonymous hackers reportedly leads to DDoS attack on Wikileaks

Taking a break from its recent takeovers of CEOs' Twitter and Quora accounts, the hacking group OurMine today turned its attention to Wikileaks, reportedly knocking its website offline with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

According to a report in TheNextWeb, OurMine targeted Wikileaks due to a long-running dispute with the Anonymous hacking network. Apparently, OurMine previously launched a DDoS attack to crash Wikileaks' servers in December 2015, and Anonymous did not take kindly to it. In retaliation, Anonymous doxxed OurMine, publishing online what may or may not have been its members' personal information.

OurMine reportedly contacted TheNextWeb, claiming that it hit Wikileaks a second time because an individual from Anonymous has continued to harass the hacking group since the doxxing took place. Wikileaks' website has already been restored.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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