An anti-Wikileaks claimed responsibility on Friday for taking down the government-funded news network Russia Today. Since early Friday morning the english-language website has been unavailable following a DDoS attack which was confirmed in a tweet by RT.com.
Today’s attack also coincides with the day when a Russian court will decide the fate of three members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot, which has been very critical of Vladimir Putin.
According to ZDnet, Antileaks tweeted that it was responsible for the DDoS attack with a hashtag supporting Pussy Riot approximately 20 minutes after RT confirmed that their website was down.
The Wikileaks founder, who had a chat show on Russia Today, was granted asylum by Ecuador on Thursday, after he spent the last two months seeking refuge in their embassy.
Assange, who faces extradition from the UK to Sweden to face questioning over sexual assault allegations, believes he will be extradited to the US where he could be tried for exposing US government information via Wikileaks.