(The Hosting News) – On Thursday, the FBI handed over 40 search warrants seeking members of the pro-Wikileaks group “Anonymous”, who participated in DDoS attacks against several companies that denied services to WikiLeaks a month ago.
The group targeted companies such as Visa, Mastercard, Amazon, and Paypal for denying service to the whistle blowing website after it released several thousand leaked diplomatic documents.
The FBI released a statement saying, “These distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) are facilitated by software tools designed to damage a computer network’s ability to function by flooding it with useless commands and information, thus denying service to legitimate users.”
“A group calling itself ‘Anonymous’ has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they conducted them in protest of the companies’ and organisations’ actions. The attacks were facilitated by the software tools the group makes available for free download on the internet. The victims included major U.S. companies across several industries.”
As of now, the FBI has not made any arrest, but said that the participants in these attacks could recieve a prison sentence with a maximum of 10 years.