Has WikiLeaks landed in cyberattack crosshairs?

Has WikiLeaks landed in cyberattack crosshairs?
Has WikiLeaks landed in cyberattack crosshairs? 

By Declan McCullagh
Politics and Law
CNet News
October 27, 2010 

Forget China or Al Qaeda. In a twist that would have been inconceivable 
even a few months ago, the Web site is being proposed as 
the first public target for a U.S. government cyberattack.

After the shadowy, document-leaking organization distributed nearly 
400,000 classified documents from the Iraq war on Friday, Washington 
officialdom responded with a torrent of denunciations alleging 
violations of national security and endangering U.S. military 

In a rare point of congruence, The Washington Post and The Washington 
Times both criticized the release, with the smaller paper arguing that 
WikiLeaks' offshore Web site should be attacked and rendered 
"inoperable" by the U.S. government. Some hawkish conservatives followed 
suit, including Christian Whiton, a State Department adviser under 
President George W. Bush, who wrote a column calling on the U.S. 
military to "electronically assault WikiLeaks and any telecommunications 
company offering its services to this organization."

Their target's actually not that far away. WikiLeaks' Web site is now 
hosted on servers on United States soil near San Jose, Calif.


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