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Amazon Could Be the Next Site Brought Down by Wikileaks' Supporters

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Wikileaks' powerful allies have declared war against, after already ticking PayPal, Visa and Mastercard off their lists this week. Given Wikileaks was booted from Amazon's servers last week, it's not surprising the site has been thrown in the stocks.


The @Op_Payback Twitter account tweeted just an hour ago "TARGET: WWW.AMAZON.COM LOCKED ON!!" and while is still up and working, it's only a matter of time until it's brought to its knees just like Mastercard's corporate site and PayPal were this week, after the DDoS attacks.


Prior to declaring war against Amazon, the account tweeted about Amazon selling a Kindle version of the cables, released by Wikileaks. There is, however, some contention over the authenticity of the Twitter account belonging to "Anonymous," the anonymous group of Wikileaks supporters.

PayPal, Mastercard and Visa were all targeted by the group for refusing to allow donations to Wikileaks, however PayPal blogged yesterday that they'd just transferred the last amount of funds to Wikileaks' account. They're not going to reinstate the ability to donate to the cause, however.

Julian Assange, Wikileaks' editor in chief, is in police custody in Britain after turning himself in on Tuesday due to charges related to "rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion." That's not why PayPal, Mastercard and Visa cut off access to Wikileaks, though. It's due to the US Department of State publishing a letter claiming Wikileaks is in posession of documents that were obtained in violation of the US law—referring, of course, to the US solider Bradley Manning, who downloaded the 250,000-odd cables from the US network and sent them to Wikileaks. PayPal denies this, of course, claiming instead they "restricted the account based on our Acceptable Use Policy review." [Twitter via All Things D and Business Insider]


UPDATE: Wikileaks has published a statement on its website, distancing itself from the DDoS attacks of its supporters:

"These denial of service attacks are believed to have originated from an internet gathering known as Anonymous. This group is not affiliated with Wikileaks. There has been no contact between any Wikileaks staffer and anyone at Anonymous. Wikileaks has not received any prior notice of any of Anonymous' actions.

Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said: "We neither condemn nor applaud these attacks. We believe they are a reflection of public opinion on the actions of the targets.""