Wikileaks supporters have brought down a number of official websites in Sweden with coordinated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, with online vigilante group Anonymous claiming credit.
“We started having problems sometime after lunch – the site was working fine before that,” Therese Fagerstedt of the Swedish Armed Forces Communications and Public Affairs department told The Local, which says it was also affected for a number of hours. “Many different agencies have had trouble today, the Swedish Courts Administration and even Interpol as far as I know.”
The authorities assume the attack is part of the ongoing cyberwar being waged against Sweden and Great Britain over attempts to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. Assange is still holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after being granted asylum by that country but denied free passage by the United Kingdom after its high court ruled that he must be extradited to his home county.
Anonymous claimed credit for the attacks via the @YourAnonNews Twitter account:
#breaking loads of official sites in Sweden down, not one anon claiming responsibility thus far, but this is one Big ass botnet…
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) September 3, 2012