The United Kingdom’s Police force is offline as hackers continue cyber attacks against UK and Ecuadorian government websites in protest of the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The site had been down for three and a half hours at time of publishing.
The hacking group Pryzraky has claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter.
One of the hackers involved with the attack told The Gateway Pundit that they are hitting the site with 855,000 HTTP requests per second using 2,500 machines — to overload the servers and cause it to crash.
This latest attack comes a day after Patricio Real, Ecuador’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies, announced that his nation has been hit with 40 million cyber attacks since Assange’s arrest. Real said that the attacks are coming “principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom,” as well as from his own nation.
As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, on Monday evening both the Supreme Court of the UK and the National Crime Agency websites were offline, along with 1,633 other UK websites hosted on the same server.
None of this was directed by WikiLeaks or Assange himself — the hackers say they are acting on their own as an act of protest.
Speaking to the Gateway Pundit on Sunday, a member of the hacker group who goes by the pseudonym ‘Nama’ declared they will be launching cyber attacks against the United States and Sweden after the UK.
Over the weekend, the group took down or defaced over 30 Ecuadorian websites including the Central Bank of Ecuador, their Ministry of Interior, the Ecuadorian Assembly in the UK and the main website for the Government of Ecuador. They also posted data dumps of 728 identification ID card numbers that appear to belong to people who work in the Ecuadorian government.
The official website of La Maná canton in Ecuador featured a picture of Assange for over twelve hours, along with a quote from him that read, “You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making based on lies or ignorance can not lead to a good conclusion.”
Asked what their ultimate goal is with the hacks, Nama said “our attacks are just like the riots at the streets with police, but its more powerful because we can damage the government more. We can make them lose a lot of money.”
“Free Assange or the chaos is coming,” they warned.
The Gateway Pundit asked Nama if the hackers were worried about eventually being caught and they boldly asserted that they are not.
“I’m not worried, because I’m doing it for Freedom and for the people. We are not criminals,” Nama said. “Criminals should worried about getting caught. People like us should not get worried.”