US looks into cyber attacks on WikiLeaks foes

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December 10, 2010 07:10

 
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WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department is looking into cyber attacks on opponents of WikiLeaks and companies that have stopped doing business with it, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

Holder made the comment at a news conference after a meeting on cybersecurity, counterterror and data protection with European Union law enforcement partners.

Hackers launched attacks on MasterCard, Visa, Swedish prosecutors, a Swiss bank and others who have acted against the WikiLeaks site and its jailed founder, Julian Assange.

"We are aware of the incidents ... and we are looking into them," Holder said.

The attorney general said he is hopeful that the people responsible for the WikiLeaks disclosures of classified information will be brought to justice.

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