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Hackers Take Down Wikileaks Over Disagreement with Anonymous

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OurMine, the hacker group that previously broke into the social accounts of tech heavyweights like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has now taken down the Wikileaks site.


The reason? A spat with Anonymous, the global hacker group that’s been known to take down ISIS social media accounts, publish the names of KKK members and attack a Greek Central Bank’s website to protest the global financial system, which it labeled a “tyrannical institution.”

We’re not usually keen on amplifying internet beefs, but this one affects a major source of once-confidential information that has made a major impact on our world, including a video showing the killing of Iraqi journalists in an American airstrike and secret files concerning the condition of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.


On Tuesday, WikiLeaks found itself subject to a two-hour DDoS attack by a hacker group that describes themselves as a security firm. Known as OurMine, the group has made quite a name for itself by hacking some of the highest-profile accounts in the tech world. Past targets include the twitter accounts Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, but after OurMine targeted Wikileaks on Tuesday, the official WikiLeaks twitter reportedly exchanged a few hot tips with the group that had just gone after them.


In screenshots of a direct message exchange obtained by Buzzfeed, the person speaking for WikiLeaks advises OurMine on obtaining information by impersonation. Wikileaks said that OurMine should have impersonated their previous targets, including Zuckerberg and Pichai, instead of attacking their site, calling it a “huge waste.”


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