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.

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  1. yo

    e-faschism

    December 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chas

    The government using public resources as a deterent to being exposed as dolts doesn't sit real well.
    The fact that Mastercard and Visa are letting the government tell them how to do business in the private sector gives the common folks the idea big brother is alive and well in the good old USA.

    December 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    Perhaps we should close our MasterCard and Visa accounts as a protest. I have notified PayPal that I am looking for another source to process payments!!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • adult responsible for taking of children!

      how old are you? go do your homework or go to bed. idiots!

      December 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jesusdangerchrist

    Fire!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. free_assange

    they're not Wkileaks supporters, they're freedom of speech/press supporters

    December 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 4change

    FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brad

    Nice try. Visa is just fine..

    December 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zell Faze

    Payment terminals are down too. We just got a confirmation from one of the attackers. 😀

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

      Weird.. Just used mine. Does that mean all you guys will stop using your Visa & Mastercards?

      December 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    (Ringside at the 2010 World Internet Control Championship Fight) In this corner weighing in at 160 lbs...your reigning champion of the internet world.....A-a-a-averrrrrrage JOE!!! and in the opposite corner of the ring, weighing in at a combined 4 billion five-hundred and sixty-two pounds...the challenger(s)!......thuuuuuuu worrrrrrrld's GOVERNMENTS!!! OK gentlemen, let's keep this a clean fight. No more punching beneath the belt...ding ding.

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

      LOVE IT.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seven

      The worlds goverments starts with a hit against the crotch, but misses and it's opponent jumps up and...and...and... KO!!!!

      December 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kilday

    stay on target.

    December 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. B

    Ebaumsworld is tearing these sites up! Go, Ebaumsworld!

    December 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cindy

    If Wikileaks can shut down these websites, they can certainly steal your credit card numbers. Won't be a bit funny then.

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

      Don't be silly, it's a DOS attack from people who certainly aren't from WikiLeaks. Just some disgruntled haxorz making a point.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anonymous

    Folow Anon_operation on twitter they are the real ones behind it. of course CNN would not post the name of the twitter page they were referring to. corporate pig.

    December 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. UknownPirate

    I am business owner & i hope this doesn't effect my credit card processing, cuz most of my customers pay with visa or mastercard. Otherwise im all for showing THESE PEOPLE WE THE F@#@ng ARE IN CHARGE NOT THEM!!!!

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

      So angry i messed up and omitted WE THE F@#$NG PEOPLE!! stupid rage lol

      December 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tyzick

    I <3 these 4chan crazies. Keep firing! Fell the beast!

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