Gregg Housh, Anonymous
Spokesman: Thousands Download Hacker Software in WikiLeaks Cyber-War
December 10, 2010
hackers are ramping up the cyberwar that has erupted over WikiLeaks as
the number of people downloading the software used to disable MasterCard
and Visa reached nearly 35,000.
A spokesman for the hackers, Gregg Housh, said the hacker group
"Anonymous" is hitting companies like Master Card, Visa and Paypal who
"do bad things."
Housh says companies "need to learn" they cannot drop WikiLeaks ,
because the website has not broken any laws. He blames the companies for
the attacks, saying they "basically stood up and raised their hands" and
asked to be next.
Supporters of WikiLeaks say founder Julian Assange is a "hero" and that
the cyberwar or "Operation Payback" is about ensuring "freedom of
"Anonymous" boasts thousands of supporters, who discuss potential
targets in an internet forum and launch attacks on websites. Housh said
they live around the world, and are mostly in their late teens to late
Supporters of the cyber attacks were using chat rooms to distribute
explicit instructions on how to download software needed to hack into
Sourceforge.net, an open source software website, shows that the number
of downloads has spiked to more than 19,000 on December 9 from just 352
on December 3. Nearly 10,000 people who have downloaded the software
live in the United States.
says he and many others feel the United States is being "highly
hypocritical" by going after Assange. He says "if we wanted to live in a
country that did that, we would go live under a dictator."
The group started their campaign by attacking smaller sites, such as the
Church of Scientology, that they believe violate different freedoms.
Housh said followers never dreamed of such "lofty" goals, as taking down
The spokesman says the future of the group is unknown, but when asked
about Twitter and Facebook, who have both canceled the accounts, he says
they are unlikely targets.
The spokesman says disrupting the social media sites would irritate the
public and be counterproductive for the movement, which rallies support
on both sites.
Housh said he does not take part in the illegal activities, but monitors
them in order to be a spokesman for the group. He calls himself an
"internet activist," who is a computer repair man and freelance web