Operation Payback Strikes Again: MasterCard And Visa Sites Under Attack
The attack, dubbed Operation: Payback, "was confirmed on Twitter at 9.39am [GMT] by user @Anon_Operation, who later tweeted: 'WE ARE GLAD TO TELL YOU THAT http://www.mastercard.com/ is DOWN AND IT'S CONFIRMED! #ddos #wikileaks Operation:Payback(is a bitch!) #PAYBACK.'"
(UPDATE: About 12 hours later the Visa.com site also went down and as of 21.30 p,m, it remains offline. In addition, payment processor Datacell has announced it will be suing Visa and Mastercard for suspending payment service to wikiLeaks).
This is at least the third distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack made by Anonymous, which itself has suffered attacks to its own site.
"[T]he first worldwide grass-roots rebellion on the Internet. After all, the same computer systems that allow our society to centralize and store huge amounts of information, the same Internet that allows instant movement of documents, also makes it possible for some unknown little guy along the chain to access those records and divulge them."
The movement has been a violent one thus far, at least virtually. Wired published the following statement from an Anonymous member:
"We are the clear logic used to unveil wrongdoing. The general public, clouded by misleading information mostly by the media with a political agenda, fails to see and understand this wrongdoing. Because of this, those who do the wrongdoing escape unpunished. Anonymous is here to ensure punishment does not go unserved to those who deserve it."
Wired explained that Anonymous "has a history of [DDoS] attacks, including a recent campaign against the record industry for attacking file sharing sites, mass infiltrating an online game for kids to protest its stupidity and an long-running, earlier campaign against the Church of Scientology."
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