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. vkmo

    JA along with ally Anonymous have hurt USA more than its enemies with his boatloads of stolen information about US govt operations, including names of US officers, friends, families, contacts, actions taken and methods used. JA is a thief, accused rapist and as threatening to the wellbeing of US as a nuke!! It would be mad if somebody releases account numbers and passwords of individuals bank accounts. What JA has done is something of a much greater magnitude. They are committing felonies which must be punished.

    December 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lando Calrissian

    -Han Solo will have that shield down. We've got to give him more time!

    December 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lando Calrissian

    -At that close range we won't last long against those Star Destroyers!

    December 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AlphaZeta

    USA has some marvelous people , but: leave the USA. Yeap I did. The Patriot Act was enough for me.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    @alpha zeta....where'd ya go? I'm thinking Peruvian Andes when I retire from the Victory Act aka Patriot Act 2. It's lready written, nust not ratified and all that mumbo-jumbo. Written by the same critter that penned what drove you away...Orin Hatch. That name gives me the heebie-jeebies.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlphaZeta

      Down Under . . . . on an island. Bloody marvelous.

      December 8, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlphaZeta

      Peru would be nice. But land locked. Nice to be by the sea, fishing, swimming and all that stuff.

      December 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    @elbe...that's deep man.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mrlucas

    A great day for the underdog.Glad somebody is taking the battle to the enemy govt,greedy corporations. The govt of the usa is lying committing collateral damage. Whoever is doing this super analogous to 'The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo. Once again thankyou.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beachrat

    Welll, the chickens have come home to roost. ironic that this is happening on the 30th anniversary of John Lennons assination. His song IMAGINE says it all, this is nothing more or less then "power to the people" emergiing.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. discouraged

    Just how is this hurting the government? This is an attack against the citizens and commerce. You all need to grow up and get a life. It is this mentality that is making every day life miserable for the vast majority of hard working citizens. Good manners and morals have been tossed out the window.

    December 9, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      It's not about helping ANYONE, it's about getting your name in lights.

      December 9, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Freedom of the Press


    December 9, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Freedom of the Press

      double meh

      December 9, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. justme

    Freedom of Press? Lieberman will do a censorship of New York Times

    December 9, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Raymon

    I think it's wrong information.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. justme

    it is not wrong
    Lieberman wants NY Times investigated for publishing WikiLeaks

    December 9, 2010 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mr movie

    I dig wikileaks and think that, in a country where the free press has abdicated its responsibility as a check on the abuses of the public by government, it's logical and necessary to have corrective actions like these releases or the pentagon papers in 1971, so that some semblance of truth can find the light of day.

    December 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vkmo

    I posted criticism on the internet of JA. In retaliation my ID has been attacked and the attacks are continuing. Since Dec 2 my ID has been attacked over 150 times. These attacks were termed "unauthorized attack" by my antivirus provider. JA supporters are not in favor of free speech, they want to HURT you if you criticise them.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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