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)
  1. Jessie

    Nerds. Get a life

    December 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anon

    Over 10000 people have closed their paypal accounts. As have I.

    Keep that ion cannon going!

    December 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BlueK

    I don't understand these WikiLeak people. They are all supposedly pro-independent thinking. So, if Visa/MasterCard don't want to accept payments, isn't that their right? Oh wait, I guess it only counts if you agree with them.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Exactly.. I really don't get the point. VISA: Oh no, Wait.. If we don't support you, you'll make our site go down for 4 hours? Oh, okay. We'll support your terrorism.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Visa and Mastercard have control over other people. With this in mind, people arent allowed to donate money to the organizations they choose to. So naturally, we remind those with the resources that they are part of a society, they are not individual. Without the society, they wouldnt exist. We absolutely have a say in what the corporation does, if they dont act, they face the consequences.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      They aren't a public service.. The fact is they can choose who their customers are. Anybody who signed up for a card bearing either logo agreed to their rules. But we shant be bothered by details; Back to the Attack! I find it kind of childish to "attack" anyone who doesn't agree with you.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • han

      Joe you a idiot. Visa, mastercard, paypal, amazon are owned by ceos not people. They can deny service because you agreed to a terms of service when using their services. Wikileaks is cyber infomation brokers. That julian has a insurance file if hes go to prision in any way. yeah he righteous all the way. Steal government cables and publish them and expect not to suffer consequences. Riiiiight.

      December 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • justme

      The next who will be blocked by PayPal,Visa and Mastercard is???
      All Jounalist of the New York Times because Mr. Liberman said that they are not allowed to write about cablegate
      The censorship of the government is the problem

      December 9, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Who What When Where Why?

    If the culprits work for WikiLeaks and ASSange is the primary owner/CEO/controller of WikiLeaks then we can nail him for their actions as well as put them behind bars too. Neat. Penalty phase – attach all of his assets and use them as partial repayment repayment for the harm he has caused.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathryn

      They don't "work" for WikiLeaks. They don't work for ANYBODY. That's part of the point. Argh

      December 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymousse


      December 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |

    At least CNN is still working, AMIRITE?

    December 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    Hang the hackers. They aren't hurting anyone but people who can't afford to be hurt. VISA and MC will just fluff this off.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. B

    ok Kobe

    December 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    I am so happy wikileaks exists. We need to put the powerful in check. The rich, and those in government need to be pimp slapped like never before. It is our time now. You can stop one of us, but you cant stop us all.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John B

    I wish they would delete my mortgage next time.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Who What When Where Why?

    WikiLeaks is leaking like sieve. It's a sinking ship and the captain is behind bars – they should throw away the key and weld the door shut, turn out the lights, and leave. His actions are just as hermful as those of terrorists.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lina

    All your base are belong to us!

    Haha, I just had to say it 🙂

    December 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Who What When Where Why?

    Joe – you are a moron. they can stop all of you – ever hear of criminal roundups.

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

      Yep! Bonanza Losers roundup...ass-ange is a rogue! You people are cRAZy for hacking and for supporting a rogue...

      December 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vermonter

    I am so glad that my parents have passed away and did not live to see that their contributions in fighting WWII and providing for my generation was squandered by the loser generation that is now. What total, absolute garbage these people are – they have no stake in anything other than self-righteousness. Many work to make this world work, they contribute NOTHING!

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

      I agree. The government, banks and corporations are terrible. Sorry to hear about your parents.

      December 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Liz

    The pathetic "attackers" should come out from behind their computers and attempt to live in the real world for five minutes. In general, what contribution are they making to society? Mass consumption of Red Bull and Pixie Sticks? Give me a break.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sydcinema

    wow guys, you sure showed 'em... Next thing you know, a flaming bag of cr@p will show up on their doorstep. Which will have much, much more of an effect than this did

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