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. phil

    @Misha....ummm I think the world's governments and the global federal reserve system have bigger bazooka/army. Plus look who is in jail.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anonymous

    We are coordinating attacks via IRC/twitter/and others

    join in the attacks and bring down these supporters of fascism

    December 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. db

    Any Electronic Terrorist can be caught as all electronic messages leave a signature that can easily be tracked by the best of the best, and Wickleaks is not the best of the best by all means. Peave off the right people and you are toast.

    December 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • justme

      "message can be tracked" – u are right .... and a 256 bit AES databasse can be hacked by the best of the best
      Please do not write as stupid things. If the US government does a DoS to wikileaks ...are they as well Electronic Terrorists?

      December 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kerot

    I can read that some people here uses the term "GROW UP" as a suppresion teknic. Grow up to what? A f-ing zombie who obais and locks their doors before they consume their smothie and falls asleep before the television? Or uses every moment of their time to please their boss so that they can climb the ladder? OMG, thats not living, and thats not growing up. Thar is being someone elses Bitc..................
    (and before you start to coment my bad spelling, English is not my main language)

    December 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anon


    December 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. neoreturn

    To people who are worried about a steal of their personal data hold by during : the attack is only about to make unavailable the website and to make some 'hit payment' impossible, to stab in the heart : Money dammage.
    So your data are safe,it's just an unreachable website in the cyberworld!

    December 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gross

    Hell in a handbasket.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AlphaZeta

    1) – Wikileaks is not the leaker. Someone in the employ of the US government is.
    2) – The US lead hounding and denegrating of Wikileaks is nothing more than blatent and inept bullying.
    3) – If we ( people ) really wanted to we could bangup internet money processing very easily. You don't need to be a genius to figure out how to do this.

    December 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. whatnext

    This is all so very crazy!
    Of course I am for freedom of speech in journalism but doesn't the journalist have a responsilbility to publish things that will not harm people? What about a journalist conscious? What has happened to right and wrong? Wikileaks is putting peoples lives in danger for freedom of speech and this is clearly wrong!

    December 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    The pendulum of public sympathy is being steadily drawn like a magnet to Wikileaks side as each new cable emerges. Assange's 'poison pill' release will have an electromagnetic effect on this process. Or not. I'm just making stuff up as I go along. Try it sometime. Forget what they tell you and just start writing. This will require pause for thought rather than trying to remember what you were told. As you practice your thinking ability will improve quite a bit. Not enough to combat old-age though, so you'll hafta pardon me from time to time.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    can u find the missing comma?

    December 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wubbi

    Visa is working for us government, we're working for our -freedom- government (that wikileaks support)

    December 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ernie

    Why don't all you cowerdly wiki cyber 'terrorist' get yourselves a bunper sticker & come out in the open, so I can run my 1 ton truck up your cowerdly backsides. If you don't like the U.S.A.; leave it!

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

    Matthew 10:26 "So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.

    December 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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