Palin's website hit by cyber-attack
December 8th, 2010
07:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin's website hit by cyber-attack

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is blaming supporters of WikiLeaks for a cyber-attack that briefly brought down her her political action committee web site this week.

Beginning Tuesday, an anonymous network of hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks launched a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against against companies and political leaders critical of the whistle-blowing website, which has released thousands of previously-classified U.S. government documents.

The loose network of so-called "hacktivists" is calling itself "Operation Payback." A Twitter handle for the group took responsibility this week for attacks against Visa and Mastercard, which recently stopped accepting payments for WikiLeaks.

Palin last week accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of having "blood on his hands" and called on the U.S. government to hunt him "with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders."

SarahPAC.com was listed as an Operation Payback target and was brought down multiple times Tuesday for a period totaling 25 minutes, according to web chatter captured by the online security firm Panda Labs. The site was functioning normally as of late Wednesday.

"Governor Palin spoke out about Wikileaks because it has no regard for law or human life," SarahPAC adviser Andy Davis told CNN. "Today we learned their supporters have attacked the Palin family's personal information. Wikileaks remains a threat to every freedom-loving citizen across the globe. The world should not be intimidated. Governor Palin isn't."

The Palin adviser said Sarah and Todd Palin's personal credit card information was compromised Wednesday, but there was no immediate confirmation that the credit card problem was related to the cyberattacks.

The cyber-attack was first reported by ABC News.

The website of Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, was also attacked this week, Lieberman's office confirmed to CNN.

– CNN's Dugald McConnell contributed to this report


Filed under: Sarah Palin • WikiLeaks
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Joe

    First, Wikileaks didn't do anything illegal, and the DOJ is currently scratching their heads trying to find something to charge them with. They did nothing different than other journalists have done for decades, to wit: embarrass governments.
    Second, Sarah McKnowNothing spouts her mouth off and recommends military action against a private citizen against another nation. Not nice, or smart.
    Third, friends of Wikileaks (smart programmers) take offense and start hacking Sarah's web presence. Just desserts.
    The lesson here: technical support can really mess with your life. Don't mess with hackers!

    December 8, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. hunglikejesus

    What's with this "Governor Palin" business?

    December 8, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. COlady

    She's not "Governor" Palin. She quit, therefore she relinquishes all rights to the title. Just call her "Mrs. Palin."

    December 8, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. dee

    I'm not a Sarah Palin 'fan.' However, I see no difference between these hackers' attempts at intimidation and mob enforcers silencing witnesses to a crime or threatening those who try to speak out against it. Can't we try these hackers under racketeering laws. Neither the Palin family nor those affected by other 'intrusions' deserve it–like home invasion threats! Find out who these people are and 'out' them the same way they 'out' (and threaten the lives of) confidential informants.

    December 8, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Ken

    Theres someone who cares enough about Mama Razorback to hack her website? That's a smack in her facelift, that is.

    December 8, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Me

    Didn't she lose her right to be called Governor when she quit half way through her term? You'd think anyway.

    December 8, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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