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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.
Although, taken PayPal, MC and Visa to court over the shutdown is a far better approach than Hackivisn.
On Twitter WikiLeaks Europe declared it was at "cyberwar" after firms sought to strangle funds to them following the release of embarrassing US diplomatic cables.
Lawyer Claes Borgstroem said: "Our email and website were hacked last night or this morning. We think it's the same people who attacked the prosecutors' website."
The payment network is an intranet is private and is not affected by the DDoS attack. Its only the public facing internet site that is down.
The payment network is an intranet is private and is not affected by the DDoS attack
Card users unable to make payments
governments (and other entities) really do need some level of secrecy to operate effectively.
Were it not for the threat it poses to the free Internet, it would even appear amusing. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama was ‘troubled' by the cyber attacks on Google, which were said to originate in China, and wanted those responsible to face the consequences. The more freely information flows, the stronger society becomes, he had said during an earlier visit to China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also strongly critical of Internet restrictions in China. Now the boot is on the other foot. Concern for free speech is nowhere in evidence as extra-legal methods are deployed to deny Americans their First Amendment rights.
These 'hacktivists' are just reinforcing in the mind of the public that Wikileaks is a criminal enterprise.
governments (and other entities) do need some level of secrecy to operate effectively.
I think exposing the lies is a good thing. The US has been saying one thing to the public and doing another behind the scenes.
President Barack Obama was ‘troubled' by the cyber attacks on Google
When dealing with certain countries, there has to be lies and secrets.
[edited by: lawman at 12:35 am (utc) on Dec 9, 2010]