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. disgruntledcanuck

    Well I support the actions of the hackers totally. Payback is a b#$tch for the US government for targetting wikileaks with DDOS attacks in the first place, and the govts strongarming of the payment systems has me enraged. I also am in the process of closing my paypal account, and I am writing letters of protest to Visa and MC to let them know their actions do not reflect my wishes as a cardholder. If I can do more, I will. I don't know how I can help in the cyberattacks, but if I can figure out a way, I will.

    I am an ordinary citizen, not any sort of zealot at all. But I want government to be accountable, and not strongarm either I or the press (in whatever form it takes) especially when its "crime" is simply to publish the unvarnished truth. And since the punitive actions were started by govt and corporations, I am quite happy as part of Joe Ordinary to reciprocate.

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

      Just because you have access to stolen papers does not give you a right to publish them. Ever hear of responsiblity? Wikileaks should be prosecuted for terrorist acts and that is the unvarnished truth.

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

      Vermonter, that's your unvarnished opinion. Some of the facts about our governments' behaviour that have come from this are shameful. How is holding up a mirror terrorism? Killing thousands of women and children in the name of democracy and an unwinnable war is fine I guess? Wake up.

      December 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kilday

    @Who What When Where Why? "ever hear of criminal roundups."
    Good luck with that. New rules.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. francisco

    facebook has deleted the page of AnonOps if u like wikileaks delete your facebook account, do not buy at ebay or amazon do not pay with paypal!

    December 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jimbo

    Up until now, the govt had a theoretical attacker that it had to control. Now there is a real attack. So thanks to the attack on Visa, MC and whatever these wacko's think of next, Govt will justify internet controls. Thanks to the Wikileak A.H. supporters.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Superhiro

    Get'm wikileaks. I have absolutely zero sympathy for credit card companies.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WouldBePirate

    If you want to get involved here's the link to the LOIC http://pastehtml.com/view/1c8i33u.html. Can anyone confirm that the card system has been effected?

    December 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J Assange

    instead of taking down websites, why not help the average person? DoS attacks really don't accomplish much.

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

    I support wiki`s anti censorship policy especially when war atrocities and govmt lies are involved but why encourage nuclear prolif and why target Visa ?

    December 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Why does every Tom, Dick, and Harry, have to know about any of these things. I am sure that you have done things that you would probably like to forget, don't want anyone else to know, and would love to leave in the closet. How would you feel if all of a sudden all of it became world news? Imagine how you would feel, how would it affect you, your relationship with other people, and how you would feel about the people that let the information become public. In some nations in this world, they take a dim view of it and it can get people killed. Do you want that on your shoulders that the infomation you put in the WWW was responsible for getting any one killed. Would you think you would be held in some complicity and could be convicted? I would hope so. Some information is just not freely suppose to be out there floating around, including what Wickeleaks did.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    I don't get it. Isn't Wikileaks like CNN, CBS, FOX, or other news outlets? The only difference I see is that Wiki might cross the line. Too many persuasive points on both sides.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • justme

      u r right, that is the reason why Lieberman attacks NEW York Times

      December 9, 2010 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. civiletti

    Oh dear! The peasants are armed!

    December 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. db

    The way this is cured is the people that support electronic terrorist operations should be hunted down, easy enough, arrested, tried, convicted and have their hands or fingers removed. Sever the offending member. Seems simple enough. If this is the punishment, now many goopies will continue to te electronic terrorists just for kicks?

    December 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loki

      So based on your comment here, we should remove your brain? Oh, too late.

      December 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Owned

    Praying that the kids doing this get killed. RiPieces.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. crazy

    The usa gov has too much control telling business what to do.this freedom of speech infringement.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      What has been given can just as easliy taken back and the spiller of the beans can find themselves in a can of worms.

      December 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Misha

    Wow. So this is how the end of the world as we know it starts. Anarchists who don't really know what the consequences are, playing out their childish rage. Openness for all – except them of course. Perhaps it would be best if all knew everything, not just a few. Because otherwise when ordinary people can't get to the funds in their accounts, electric grids go down, and air traffic snarls, the governements of the world will act in ways that will make Stalin look like a rookie. And with America crippled, do you really want to live under Putin worldwide ? Julian – was this was your goal all along ? Civilization breaks down when rule of law becomes rule of the one with the biggest ... and Julian currently has the biggest bazooka and army. We certainly live in interesting times.

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

      >>>Openness for all – except them of course

      This is the most frustrating part of this issue to me as I don't see any of these people posting under their real names, or releasing their addresses, phone numbers, school transcripts and bank statements.

      Where's the donor's list for wikileaks? Where's the mailing addresses for all the donors?

      After all, information wants to be free, right?

      December 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stephen Cohen

    There are so many idiots that think they can get away with this kind of activity. I see them in the United States District Courts each day. I am suprised how many are people that are from other countries that say. I didn't believe they could do this to me and I didn't belive they could extradite me from my own country to the US. I personally know 4 people that are doing 10 years for denial of service attacks. One is at FCI Lompoc, two are at FCI Ashland and the other is at FCI Florence Colorado.

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