SOURCE: Cenzic


December 16, 2010 13:21 ET

Cenzic Denounces Pro-Wikileaks "Operation Payback" Vigilantes for Unethical Tactics

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2010) - Cenzic Inc., the leading provider of Web application security solutions, today released an open letter denouncing the perpetrators of "Operation Payback," the group responsible for coordinated cyberattacks on companies that ended their support of WikiLeaks in recent weeks.

Open Letter to the "Operation Payback" vigilantes

Subject: Operation Payback is using unethical tactics to fight for ethics

Recent headlines have highlighted retaliation activities of WikiLeaks supporters on companies that "abandoned" the website and its jailed founder, Julian Assange. This retaliation has come in the form of cyberattacks that have crippled these websites, via denial of service attacks and other means. As unpopular as it is to stand up for these targeted websites, something needs to be done to stop the cycle of hate before real damage occurs.

While the supporters of WikiLeaks undoubtedly have noble intentions of defending freedom of speech and information, their pursuit of these goals has led to anarchy that has negatively impacted millions of Americans. 

Attacks on merchant websites such as Amazon, Mastercard, and Visa are misguided because millions of innocent people rely on these companies for financial transactions. Cutting off access to them hurts businesses dearly, and that cost is ultimately passed on to the average consumer. It is analogous to protesters burning down shops and looting, all in the name of defending freedom.

Other industry cybersecurity industry leaders agree:

In a recent interview, Marcia Hofmann, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation stated: "We're disappointed to see the attacks on these websites. This is a free speech debate, and the best way to promote free speech is to continue to speak about things that you don't like. The worst thing you can do is shut someone else down."

One of WikiLeaks' original goals was to "reveal unethical behavior in governments and corporations." It has become apparent that engaging in mission to deny crucial services for millions of Americans is contrary to that belief. In the process of speaking up for a website that made government transparency a priority, the defenders of freedom of speech have become its greatest enemy. We would like to urge these vigilantes to file their protests for freedom of speech in a different way -- ethically.

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Cenzic, a trusted provider of software and SaaS security products, helps organizations secure their websites against hacker attacks. Cenzic focuses on Web Application Security, automating the process of identifying security defects at the Web application level where more than 75 percent of hacker attacks occur. Our dynamic, black box Web application testing is built on a non-signature-based technology that finds more "real" vulnerabilities as well as provides vulnerability management, risk management, and compliance for regulations and industry standards such as PCI. Cenzic solutions help secure the websites of numerous Fortune 1000 companies, all major security companies, leading government agencies and universities, and hundreds of SMB companies -- overall helping to secure trillions of dollars of e-commerce transactions. The Cenzic solution suite fits the needs of companies across all industries, from a cloud solution (Cenzic ClickToSecure Cloud™), to testing remotely via our managed service (Cenzic ClickToSecure® Managed), to a full enterprise software product (Cenzic Hailstorm® Enterprise ARC™) for managing security risks across the entire company. 

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