'Anon member' claims credit for WikiLeaks takedown
Friend turns foe
A Twitter user who claims affiliation to the infamous Anonymous hacktivist collective has claimed responsibility for launching denial of service attacks that floored WikiLeaks on Tuesday night.
The attack against the whistle-blowing site occurred at the same time as less high-profile assaults against Pastebin and 4Chan, the anarchic image board and birthplace of Anonymous.
Anonymous began with attacks against the Church of Scientology three years ago, but only gained mainstream fame when it launched denial of service attacks in support of WikiLeaks and against financial service firms that shut down accounts maintained by the whistle-blowing websites.
A Twitter account (@AnonCMD) linked to an Anonymous activist refers to a "personal vendetta against WikiLeaks" adding that "we are sorry we took you down. We are even".
An update to the account indicates that the dispute is over money supposedly owed by Julian Assange. ®