Visa, MasterCard targeted in apparent cyberattack
December 8th, 2010
04:30 PM ET

Visa, MasterCard targeted in apparent cyberattack

[Updated at 5:15 p.m.] The corporate websites of Visa and MasterCard
were inaccessible at times Wednesday due to an apparent cyberattack by purported Wikileaks backers.

Messages posted on Twitter indicated the attacks may be in response to recent moves by Visa and MasterCard against WikiLeaks, the website that recently released thousands of secret U.S. State Department documents.

"The issue appears to be the result of a concentrated effort to flood our corporate website with traffic and slow access," said MasterCard spokesman James Issokson, in a prepared statement. "We are working to restore normal service levels."

MasterCard and Visa Europe, a division of Visa, had said they were working to stop the acceptance of their cards on WikiLeaks.

soundoff (170 Responses)

    just a matter of time before china 'ctrl alt deletes' our banking system

    December 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryant

      You're an idiot, because it's not China whose doing this. It's Anonymous, from Operation: Payback.

      Also, learn what Ctrl-Alt-Del does you luddite.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gazza

      Shouldn't 'Luddite' be capitalised as it's a proper noun?

      December 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ziyonex

      Long live Wikileaks. Long live Anonymous.

      We are legion.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Cohen

      The United States knows how to handle these kinds of problems. They just figure out who is blocking these IP's and they indict these people. They extradicte them to the US and they do jail time. This happens every day in the US. Think I am kidding. Just go to the U.S. attorney's office in any district and read the press releases of current cases.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • pacfanx

      DELETE ALL THE CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS. , just give me a couple hrs notice first 🙂

      December 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoreturn

      Who are thr Anonymous ? Anyone who join the battle.
      anyone can reach them by reading their twitter or can chat with "guest anonymous" via their IRC.
      you don't even need to help them in the battle if you only want to be updated about the current events ( the attack against ).
      Sorry for my poor english, i was taught in France 😉

      December 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • morrismn

      Bryant-do more reading and less name calling,your low I.Q. is showing again.

      December 9, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. j

    cyber war is way cooler than real war.

    December 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christie

      I was just thinking the same thing! Ready, aim, FIRE!

      December 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      i am glad you think so, i do not care how old you are, but do the world a favor and growup to what this really is. you who support this will cause governments to really come down on web usage then you and i will not have this communications available any longer.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christie

      You can live in fear of governments while the rest of us keep them in check. You'll thank us later.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • haley

      it's ideal! no (human) casualties, but very real results. a+

      December 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      You won't think it's so cool when you can't buy your video games anymore because the banking system has failed. You'll probably still have some 20's from dealing crack though, so you may last for a little while.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryant

      It's okay, I'll still have cash. Hell, I haven't used plastic in years.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • kanank

      yes, it is cool as long as your bank accounts and your personal data is not messed up or ripped off.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      Christie don't you mean: Ready, aim, ENTER!!!

      December 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duh

    the wrath of 4chan. smh

    December 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Illiterati

      It's not 4chan, it's Anonymous. They have their own website, whyweprotest(dot)net,

      While Anonymous' members may have come from people who frequent 4chan, they are something completely different. Their most "famous" campaign has been their apparent determination to bring down the Church of Scientology.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hahaha

      people still use 4chan?

      December 9, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. scott


    December 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      we will. we are the troops.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dogsears

    What banking system? We print money out of thin air. Trillions of dollars go missing. We have no system.

    December 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MT

      Absolutely the BEST reply to any comment I've ever seen on the Internet. Period.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billythenerd

      Actually there is a system, its called falsehood & lying.... Thats the corporate policy.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dago

    Hohohohohooho It's about time!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Duffel

    No it's not:

    December 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      The Glbal Corporate is It absolutely is experiencing a DoS.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nat

    Wow..not enough we have to worry about al queda( sp?)now terrible this black mail is...

    December 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JA

    THEY ARE NOT SUPPORTING WIKILEAKS WITH THIS DDOS-ATTACKS!!! They are poeple from and other script kiddies which do this for fun. This have nothing to do with wikileaks!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zehydra

      Actually, it IS about wikileaks. Being a member, (although not a participator in the attacks), I have seen a lot of talk of raids against these websites, and they're doing it out of support for wikileaks.

      December 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      We do this for wikileaks and to stop internet censorship. get your fact

      December 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tray

      @Zehydra, that's like saying I'm a member of the Tea Party,(which I am NOT) but I'm not involved in what they do, jezzzz.

      December 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • guy

      "Purported Wikileaks backers"? That's implying a lot.

      What evidence does CNN have that an ANONYMOUS group of hackers are "backing" wikileaks? How can you use language like that without qualifying it?

      This is a protest of the draconian actions AGAINST wikileaks, more so than an attack on behalf of wikileaks.These are sympathizers doing this of their own accord, purely politically motivated.

      This would be like calling a war protester in San Francisco a "backer" of al Qaeda.

      To be called a "backer" I think you need to be actually sending monetary support or resources or something more than having a similar ideology.

      Clean up your reporting CNN, this slope is getting slippery.

      December 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. marK is still down

    December 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tim


    December 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Niclaikinz

    The government have declared war against the "free open internet". Now it's time for me to join this cyberwar and fight for our freedom! Anyone can join, it's so easy 😀

    December 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      How? What can ordinary people do?

      December 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billythenerd

      You don't have any freedom, just temporary privileges which can be taken away at any time.... Good luck.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • nn

      can do this ->

      December 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. God


    December 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nat

    A lot if ignorant people who are laughing..hopefully there won't be any fallout from this.

    December 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Tell

      Fallout from this? OHHHH NOOOO!!! The website is down!!! AHHHHH!!! Who cares... it's JUST a website. We can all live our lives without it.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sean


    December 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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