The computer security company, McAfee, says it has uncovered the largest series of cyber-attacks to date. In a report released on Wednesday and reported by the Reuters news agency, McAfee announced that 72 organisations had their networks intruded upon by a single, unnamed "state actor". McAfee has declined to name the "state actor" responsible for the attacks, but one security expert told Reuters that evidence points to China.
So, as a move away from the occasional leaked document, reporting on press conferences and working from press releases, will WikiLeaks shift the standards of journalism? Moreover, will WikiLeaks usher in more control over the internet, when it was precisely the control of information that it sought to undermine? Are we in the midst of the first information war?
The website attacks launched by supporters of WikiLeaks show 21st-century cyber warfare evolving into a more amateur and anarchic affair than many predicted. Attempts to silence WikiLeaks after the leaking of some 250,000 classified US state department cables seem to have produced something rather different - something of a popular rebellion amongst hundreds or thousands of tech-savvy activists.