December 30, 2010
A virtual jaunt ’round the Western Hemisphere has led FBI investigators to anonymous users who appear to have used servers from a Dallas-based server company to disable and disrupt PayPal after the money-wiring site froze a WikiLeaks donations account earlier this month. The Smoking Gun has excerpts from the FBI affadavit, which details the federal investigation into “Operation Payback,” a hacker-led (or activist-led, depending on whose side you’re on) distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. From the affidavit:
The attack appeared to be organized in response to PayPal’s decision to suspend a WikiLeaks’ PayPal account, which WikiLeaks was using to collect donations. The attackers, “Anonymous,” described themselves as being “average Internet Citizens” and stated that their “motivation is a collective sense of being fed up with all the minor and major injustices we witness every day.”
Multiple IP address traces took California-based agents to Germany, then France, then to Tailor Made, which has its headquarters on Irving Boulevard.