Why are hacktivists 'Anonymous' defending WikiLeaks?

09/12/10

Julian Assange

A group of "hacktivists" who crippled websites in revenge for cutting off services to whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks are warned they will continue their "digital sit-in" in a campaign for total internet freedom.

The group, known as Anonymous, has disrupted sites belonging to finance giants including MasterCard and Visa.

They bombarded their websites with millions of bogus visits during a campaign called "Operation Payback".

Coldblood is from Anonymous and explains why he's supporting WikiLeaks.

What is Anonymous?

Why have you suddenly come to our attention?

What are you hoping to gain from this?

Julian Assange
Image caption Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has been arrested in the UK

Do you think that by attacking something that the public uses, especially in the run-up to Christmas when many people are online shopping, do you think that is the best way to get your point across?

Do you think it's just going to anger the public?

Would you call yourself a computer hacker?

What kind of campaigns have you been involved with in the past?

Is this going to turn into an all out cyber war?

The main goal of that is, if you take down WikiLeaks there are still more than a thousand websites you have to take down to stop the flow of information
Coldblood from Anonymous

If this doesn't work, how far are you prepared to go? What happens next?