Defenders of the Wikileaks web site is urging Australian hackers and code jockey’s to join in a global day of action in protest at attempts to close down Wikileaks.Defenders of the Wikileaks web site is urging Australian hackers and code jockey’s to join in a global day of action in protest at attempts to close down Wikileaks.
The group which is called Anonymous already has several members who operate out of Australia, gained notoriety when they took down web sites such as Mastercard and Amazon after the Companies bowed to pressure from the US Government.
According to the BBC a new video posted on its blog, it calls for a series of offline protests.
These are planned for major cities around the world including several in Australia on 16January (AUS Time)
“The internet needs champions and we will rise…We are Anonymous and so are you. Stand up and fight. Every city, everywhere,” the video message said.
Because of the anonymous and loose-knit nature of the group, details of the actual protests are hard to find but it does mark a change in tactics for the group.
“This is definitely a better tactic than denial-of-service attacks,” said Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group.
The BBC said that In the denial-of-service attacks carried out in support of Wikileaks, Anonymous members bombarded target websites with huge amounts of data in a bid to knock them offline.
The targets were companies that had cut ties with whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.