Anonymous (group) Denial-of-service attack
by Heinz Duthel
Anonymous Wikileaks supporters explain web attacks
A group of pro-Wikileaks activists who coordinated a series of web attacks have explained their actions.
The Anonymous group said they were not hackers but "average internet citizens" who felt motivated to act because of perceived injustices against Wikileaks.
The group said it had no interest in stealing credit card details or attacking critical infrastructure.
The details were posted online by one of the many factions claiming to carry out the attacks.
"Anonymous is not a group, but rather an internet gathering," it said in a statement published on 10 December.
It said the ongoing attacks were a "symbolic action" targeted at corporate website that had withdrawn services from Wikileaks.
"We do not want to steal your personal information or credit card numbers. We also do not seek to attack critical infrastructure of companies such as Mastercard, Visa, PayPal or Amazon," it read.
The statement comes as other documents have come to light suggesting the group may be changing its tactics.
The statement was published by one of the several Anonymous groups operating online.
"Anonymous has a very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives," it said.
- Heinz Duthel, April 2013
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