After WikiLeaks releases new cables, website hacked
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The WikiLeaks website crashed in an apparent cyberattack after the accelerated publication of tens of thousands of once-secret State Department cables by the anti-secrecy organisation raised new concerns about the exposure of confidential US embassy sources.
"WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack," the group said on Twitter late Tuesday. One hour later, the site and the cables posted there were inaccessible. WikiLeaks updated its Twitter account to say that it was "still under a cyberattack" and directed followers to search for cables on a mirror site or a separate search system, cablegatesearch.net.
The apparent cyberattack comes after current and former US officials said the recently released cables disclosed names of sources. Concerns over the protection of sources are creating a diplomatic setback.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.