The latest turn of events in the Wikileaks Cables debacle – namely the collaborative efforts to make specific corporate websites disappear – is being called cyberwarfare. It’s not.
Thousands of hacktivists have set their computers up to send out as many information packets as possible towards intended websites. When enough of these bits of data reach the same destination at the same time, the servers get overwhelmed and the website goes down.
These are not acts of terrorism. They are acts of dissension.
Big corporations – like Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Amazon – are now hearing the collective discontent of the people. See, Big Money? We aren’t all passive consumers. We do have some teeth. We won’t just quietly accept injustice.
Thanks to the actions of these protesters, the same executives who decided it was a good idea to drop Wikileaks might now consider the financial ramifications of capitulating to political pressure.
And the politicians who responded to the threat of transparency with a heavy hand, they might just begin to wonder what would happen if these protests grew bigger. What if millions of people get upset at the same time? The dam might break, and the entire system could be restructured in the flood.