Week in Review: The week of the Wikileaks

Week in Review

Wikileaks week

The world of politics was thrown into disarray on Monday when whistle blowing website Wikileaks unleashed 250,000 US embassy cable communications, revealing secrets many Governments would have preferred to have kept quiet.

However, the tech world felt some of the consequences with selections of the information leaked affected big companies and Government tech issues.

First to come to the forefront was the revelation China's Politburo had ordered a hack attack on Google earlier this year. It was widely believed to have been the case but this was the first written confirmation from a Chinese contact admitting it to the American Embassy in Beijing.

Later in the week, a new cable got Gordon Brown back in the headlines after his departure from Downing Street. The communication showed the former Prime Minister had made a personal request for computer hacker Gary McKinnon to spend any of his jail time for hacking into NASA and the Pentagon's computer systems in the UK.

But not everyone seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight and the site has fallen victim to a number of Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS).

The first attack was launched on Sunday as it began to leak documents and responsibility was claimed by a hacker calling themselves th3j35t3r.'

A further DDoS attack was launched on Tuesday "exceeding 10 Gigabits a second," which would have been double the speed of the previous one.

Now the back and forth seems to be surrounding where founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange was keeping the files. Initially Assange moved the files from his Swedish service provider to Amazon's EC2 cloud offering. However, in a matter of days, his files were ejected from the Amazon data centres and were suspected to have moved back to the original provider.

The week concluded with EveryDNS.net removing its support for Wikileaks and forcing Assange to change the domain name to a Swiss-based address.

Where the story goes from here is anybody's guess but we will be keeping you up to date with all the tech related leaks as it happens.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.