Palin's website hit by cyber-attack
December 8th, 2010
07:05 PM ET
4 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. bernard Rogers

    I don't agree with her politics and views but she's an American and as a fellow American I won't stand for it. Palin, I'm with you. We're not intimidated!

    December 8, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. R

    You wish Failin' Palin. Another attempt to try and stay relevant.

    December 8, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Matt

    As much as I am disgree with all recent events, but if somebody keep Libeman and Palin quite . He/she has my full support.

    December 8, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Michael Pontarelli

    Can this woman just go away somewhere and never show her stupid face again? The dumbest person to become a celebrity and compete in presidential race ever!

    December 8, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Lynn

    Calling her "Governor Palin" is a disgrace to those that do their job, no matter how tough the it gets. She can't take the heat so quit, and her adoring fans seems to have a lapse in memory about her true grit. Palin would be an asterisk in our history books were it not for some media who dwell on her.

    December 8, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. D

    "Governor Palin"???

    Did I fall asleep and she got re-elected?

    December 8, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. jeri

    yet another opportunistic soundbite to get the medio ho in front o the camera
    Ya, and a shark ate my dogt

    December 8, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Kim J.

    LOL, I'm sure this woman could keep our country safe...she can't even protect her email or website! Stay in Alaska, Sarah–we implore you.

    December 8, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. a slozomby

    "We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen, as long as we remain honest - which will be as long as we can keep the attention of our people alive. If they once become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors would all become wolves." Thomas Jefferson

    December 8, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Nick

    Hmmm who do you speak out against? Wikileaks and their doomsday button or the US government and their made for Hollywood espionage thriller outtakes. I think I'll just sit back and wait for the movie to come out before I form an opinion.

    December 8, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Sallie

    Hackers, please leave Sarah's little website alone. Shutting down her site only reinforces her delusional belief that she is somehow relevant.

    December 8, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    If anyone should know about . . . . "Wikileaks because it has no regard for law or human life," SarahPAC adviser Andy Davis told CNN" it IS the trailer trash from AK. Andy, do you feel dirty every night after working for this woman?
    She might not be intimidated but she can't go after these people like she did that young man. I would be very afraid if I was her because she is not well liked and that credit card probably has an astronomical range!!! Buy baby buy!!! :) :)

    December 8, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. MS

    I'm no fan of wikileaks, but anything that shuts her up for 5 minutes is ok by me.

    December 8, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. PAUL W!

    Yeah, I'm sure they did Sarah. You probably just kicked your server's plug out of the wall rushing off to insist to the world that you're not completely irrelevant. No one cares about you Sarah. Not even WikilLeaks. Sorry to burst your bubblehead.

    December 8, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. beardedclam

    What's it like Sarah – knowing that WikiLeaks has more supporters than (thankfully) you do?

    December 8, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Martin

    She has a right arrogance still calling herself Governor Palin. I know it's becuase she was once a Governor so will always be called this, but she should have given up the rights to be called this when she quit the office after only 2 years.

    December 8, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. amy

    Wikileaks probably didn't even hacked into her accts- palin is making it up so she can put her name intothe big story of the week. She is a media pig. Go back to alaska and stay there! Oh btw- palin we the lower 48 do know how to camp- we are smarter doing it vs you ppl in alaska.

    December 8, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Joe

    At last, WikiLeaks has done something right;-)

    December 8, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. JJ COMMON SENSE

    LMAO Now that's the best news that has come out of this whole mess so far.... LOL

    December 8, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Palin is not a govenor

    December 8, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    see? I told ya; Palin girls are not cyberbullies ... It was the hackers!

    December 8, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. bob

    hahaha... that's funny!

    December 8, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. StayTuned

    Nobody really cares about Sarah Palin anymore. She quit her job, does reality tv and tweets all day long. We all have much more important things to think about in our daily lives.

    December 8, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Thomas the Social Worker

    She's not a Governor, quit calling her that. Even though those of you deluded folks who work for her think she's Mother Theresa incarnate...

    December 8, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Tony

    Why does CNN continuosly find a reason to post a story about Palin at the top of the Political Ticker?

    Has CNN been purchased by Faux News and nobody told us?

    Enough with Palin!!!

    December 8, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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