'Hacktivist for good' claims WikiLeaks takedown

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By Richard Allen Greene and Nicola Hughes, CNN
November 29, 2010 9:13 a.m. EST

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(CNN) -- A computer hacker who calls himself "The Jester" claimed responsibility for the cyber attack which took down the WikiLeaks site Sunday, shortly before it started posting hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables.

The Jester, who describes himself as a "hacktivist for good," said he took the controversial site down "for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations."

He normally attacks Islamist websites, announcing "TANGO DOWN" on his Twitter account when claiming to have attacked a site. "Tango Down" is Special Forces jargon for having eliminated a terrorist.

Over the past few days, the Jester has targeted a handful of websites for reasons including "online incitement to cause young Muslims to carry out acts of violent jihad," "distributing jihadist instructional materials," and "for the online radicalization of young Muslims in US and Europe."

The Jester describes himself as "an ex-soldier with a rather famous unit, country purposely not specified."

"I was involved with supporting Special Forces, I have served in (and around) Afghanistan amongst other places," he told the website threatchaos.com early this year.

WikiLeaks said in September that it had prepared an unspecified "insurance policy" against its site being taken down.

"This annoyed me... so I got busy," the Jester wrote on his blog in September.

Cyber security expert Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure believes the Jester was really behind the hack, he told CNN.

WikiLeaks was down for several hours Sunday, spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said Monday.

He said he did not know who was behind it, and he seemed surprised when CNN told him an anti-Islamist hacker was taking credit.

WikiLeaks excites "a lot of strong emotions," Hrafnsson said.

The hacker did not immediately respond to CNN requests for comment. WikiLeaks posted that it was under attack at about 11 a.m. ET Sunday, not long before its latest and largest leak.

The site seemed to be running normally as of early Monday morning.

CNN's Nicola Hughes contributed to this report

Of course

With this sort of special operations background, it's equally likely "Jester" is a psyop creation in the first place, to foster a 'cool image' for public, a counterpart for Wikileaks, a Mr. Anderson made to look like Neo. An attractive maverick, a 'patriotic', macho outlaw fighting for the home team on the internet. Like a game. I'm for Wikileaks! No I'm for Jester!

Various high level goons in the US military have expressed the desire to control botnets in the past.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/hacking/2008-05-15-mi...
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/05/air-force-col-w/

This may be one of the first official covert "cyberwarfare" projects conducted by a ramshackle, rag-tag bunch of national security apparatus loving hacker community rejects, turncoats, snitches and losers who wage 'cyberwar' in uniform, fingers rapping on keyboards, in some basement @ USCYBERCOM.

This has the effluvium of PSYOP all over it.

If it is, it's a lame and desperate project. Like the kid with an identity crisis overdoing the cool routine at the party he wasn't invited to. You know, kind of like the crowd commenting at wired.com.

men or mice ?

If we think of the old methods used by intelligence agencies in the cold war to recruit:

money, ideology, compromise (as in blackmail) and ego

ie MICE...

I think there are people who will hack for ego.