Hackers Go After Companies Seen as WikiLeaks Enemies

A small army of activist hackers orchestrated a broad campaign of cyberattacks on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks, which has drawn governmental criticism from around the globe for its release of classified American documents and whose founder, Julian Assange, is being held in Britain on accusations of sex offenses.Targets included Mastercard.com, which had stopped processing donations for WikiLeaks; Amazon.com, which revoked server space from the group; the online payment service PayPal, which cut off its commercial cooperation, and the lawyer representing the two Swedish women who have accused Mr. Assange in the sex case. The hackers also accused Visa of stopping the processing of donations for Wikileaks, and Visa.com was also affected.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/world/09wiki.htmlAlso see:Hackers hit Mastercard and Visa over Wikileaks row
Hackers have attacked the websites of credit card giants Mastercard and Visa.The attacks came after the Anonymous group of hackers pledged to pursue firms that have withdrawn services from Wikileaks.Mastercard payments were disrupted but the firm said there was “no impact” on people’s ability to use their cards.Visa’s website also experienced problems. The attacks came after both companies stopped processing payments to the whistle-blowing site.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11935539Hackers Give Web Companies a Test of Free Speech
A hacking free-for-all has exploded on the Web, and Facebook and Twitter are stuck in the middle.On Wednesday, anonymous hackers took aim at companies perceived to have harmed WikiLeaks after its release of a flood of confidential diplomatic documents. MasterCard, Visa and PayPal, which had cut off people’s ability to donate money to WikiLeaks, were hit by attacks that tried to block access to the companies’ Web sites and services.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/technology/09net.htmlWikiLeaks: Who are the hackers behind Operation Payback?
The MasterCard website was forced offline for several hours today, following an online assault led by a shadowy group of hackers protesting against the card issuer’s decision to block payments made to the WikiLeaks website.The “distributed denial of service” attack was apparently orchestrated by a “hacktivist” group calling itself Anonymous, which has in recent days temporarily paralysed the websites of Post Finance, the Swiss bank which closed WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange’s account, and the website of the Swedish prosecution office.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/08/anonymous-4chan-wikileaks-mastercard-paypal‘Hacktivists’ take revenge for WikiLeaks
Computer hackers disrupted MasterCard’s online payment processing system for several hours on one of the busiest shopping days of the year as part of revenge attacks on companies that blocked services to WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website.A group of “hacktivists” known as Anonymous spearheaded the attacks and dubbed them “Operation Payback”.

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