Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks is back online after a lengthy distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack kept it offline for almost two weeks.
The attack was launched after WikiLeaks published the latest of its Global Intelligence Files (GIF), which discussed the implementation of surveillance software TrapWire in public spaces in the US. WikiLeaks appeared to immediately return after it signed up for CloudFlare services.
Communicating via its Twitter feed, WikiLeaks said that the attack was well over 10GBps against its main domains and the bandwidth it was using was so huge, it was impossible to filter without specialised hardware. It also said that the range of IP addresses being used was "huge", and said: “Whoever is running it controls thousands of machines or is able to simulate them.”
Also hit were WikiLeaks mirror websites and the Fund for Network Neutrality, its donations infrastructure.
A group calling itself AntiLeaks took credit for the DDoS attacks, saying they were launched out of opposition for WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange seeking political asylum in Ecuador.