Timeline: When and How Wikileaks Has Come Under Attack

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The volume and variety of news and commentary about Wikileaks is breathtaking right now, particularly about the high-stakes technology game that the U.S. government and friendly private citizens are playing trying to shut down the organization. Luckily, the Guardian's Charles Arthur collected up those tidbits into a handy timeline. It'll catch you up quickly. (And while I'm lauding The Guardian's coverage, check out their fantastic liveblog of Wikileaks chief Julian Assange's arrest.)

On Sunday 28 November Wikileaks began releasing the first of its 250,000 leaked US embassy cables. Almost immediately, a hacking attack known as a "DDOS" - distributed denial of service - attack tried to knock it off the net. These are the attacks that have followed in the succeeding days.

Read the full story at Guardian (UK).

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