There is one thing about the hacking world that is a constant, everything changes. We have seen anti-anonymous and Anti-Wikileaks groups come and go from individuals like The Jester to others that claim they were once with Anonymous, but now have seen the error of their ways and are working for the good of the world. These groups all have one thing in common; they are rarely effective for long. This is not to say they do not have skill or talent. In some cases they are very talented. However their effects are rarely long term.
Now we have something new a group called AntiLeaks has popped up and managed to drop a 10GB/s + DDoS attack on WikiLeaks, their affiliate sites and mirrors. This is something pretty spectacular when you think about it. The group claims to be a group of “young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at asylum in Ecuador”, but their tactics and capabilities seems to indicate something more is going on here.
For starters the timing is very interesting as WikiLeaks had just released some very embarrassing documents that were taken from Stratfor earlier. The size of the original email and document dump was impressive and as of this writing only a small portion has been released to the public. In this round of documents a new monitoring system developed by former CIA employees (as part of the Abraxis Corporation) called Trapwire. This system was setup to monitor patterns to help predict threats in fact Richard Helms, CEO of Abraxis was quoted once as saying “It can collect information about people and vehicles that is more accurate than facial recognition, draw patterns, and do threat assessments of areas that may be under observation from terrorists,”