WHISTLEBLOWING DOCUMENT FOUNTAIN WikiLeaks was knocked offline for two hours as part of a war between two rival hacking groups, according to online reports.
The groups have been identified as the infamous Anonymous, or at least the YourAnonNews part of it, and the nefarious OurMine.
Anonymous is the Hydra that grew along with WikiLeaks as a protest group, while OurMine represents itself as offering a serious security service that specialises in exposing high-profile targets and their weaknesses.
OurMine's successful smashes include attacks on Google's Sundar Pichai and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
Online reports claimed that the two groups have a beef that stretches back to 2015, and that OurMine is reacting to a public doxing by Anonymous following an earlier dispute over WikiLeaks and a DDoS attack.
The rivalry, a lot of which played out on Twitter, is still going on. News site The Next Web said that OurMine took out WikiLeaks in revenge.
BuzzFeed has screenshots of a direct message exchange between OurMine and WikiLeaks in which the target site offered the hacker group some advice on more effective account breaking.
A WikiLeaks Twitter admin suggested that OurMine's attacks on Zuckerberg and Pichai should have gone further. The attacks were "a huge waste" and "there's a lot more that could have been done with those accounts, e.g. sending DMs as Zuckerberg to further access elsewhere. Same with the Google CEO."
OurMine's tweeter agreed that this was a great idea.
The group's website gives the impression of a friendly service that should give companies confidence in their own systems.
"We scan the whole company websites and staffs and give you the weaknesses and how to fix it. We scan your website to find vulnerability and how to fix it," the group claims, adding that a money back guarantee is available.
OurMine is also a dab hand at exposing people. It's a skill it shares with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a man with a lot of time on his hands and who could possibly be running the Twitter account from his Ecuadorian quarters. µ
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