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Internet hacktivists are claiming to have brought down the Mastercard website as revenge for the firm withdrawing services to Wikileaks.
The Anonymous group of hackers have also brought down the website of the Swedish prosecutors office which is pursuing founder Julian Assange.
It has pledged to launch denial-of-service attacks on websites it sees as anti-Wikileaks.
Earlier it hit the Swiss bank that froze Mr Assange's assets.
PayPal, which has stopped processing donations to Wikileaks, has also been targetted.
I get it now. Now everyone is against Wikileaks and no companies official statement is to be trusted. It's that darn 'biased' media covering for the US government.
Denial of service attacks are illegal...
the company had not received any official requests
There has, however, been a call from chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry for the law to be changed to allow a prosecution of the WikiLeaks website
The data war between companies that have refused to do business with Wikileaks and the online activists keen to defend it is getting more intense.
The tool through which attacks are carried out against websites perceived to be anti-Wikileaks has now been downloaded more than 31,000 times.
Security experts warned people to avoid joining the voluntary botnet.
[edited by: frontpage at 4:50 pm (utc) on Dec 9, 2010]
If you have been following our blog post today, then you may know that we were under a constant and steady DDoS attack throughout the day. In the spirit of this post, I’ll go ahead and announce that the PandaLabs blog sustained 139 service interruptions and over 5 hours of downtime today.
Less than an hour ago, the Twitter feed posted this message: ‘TARGET: WWW.AMAZON.COM !’ adding: ’You LOIC will start in 2 hours. #wikileaks #payback #ddos’
Think about it, name another nation that wants their own secrets published by Wikileaks.
Check out this lunacy.
You can literally purchase the Wikileaks cables from Amazon yet Wikileaks supports are targeting Amazon still for 'censorship'.
Just goes to show most of these folks really don't know what is reality.
[edited by: lawman at 8:08 pm (utc) on Dec 9, 2010]
Oh, that's a risky business voluntarily joining that botnet.
WikiLeaks supporters are milking Twitter's application programming interface to carry out attacks that have led to crippling slowdowns at MasterCard.com, Visa.com and other websites that cut off funding to the whistle-blower outfit.
The teenager was arrested in the Beswick area of Manchester early on Thursday morning.
He is suspected of involvement in denial of service attacks which severely disrupted the online version of the game, and the playtime of many other players, in September. Distributed denial of service attacks are currently being used against the websites of Sarah Palin, Mastercard and other perceived "enemies of Wikileaks and Julian Assange".
all the ISP has to do is see someone DDoS'ing the IP's to these sites