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WikiLeaks Supporters Hack into MasterCard and shut it down

They've disrupted service enough that they have interfered with transactions being processed. Still think it's a noble cause for people just interested in truth?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/08/operation-payback-mastercard-website-wikileaks

"...

The site would say only that it was "experiencing heavy traffic on its external corporate website" but insisted this would not interfere with its ability to process transactions.

But one payment service company told the BBC its customers were experiencing "a complete loss of service" on MasterCard SecureCode. The credit card company later confirmed that loss..."

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 3:25 PM on Dec. 8, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • More information <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20024776-281.html">here</a.

    Milf8900

    Answer by Milf8900 at 3:28 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • They have also started attacking PayPal. At least the FBI is involved, I'm not convinced that it's not the Wikileaks people behind this. Rumor has it (from an industry insider) that they have also attacked several smaller transaction processors.

    They are cyber-terrorists. To promote their "cause" they are not only violating the law, they are interfering with e-commerce. It's wrong.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 3:31 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • They aren't interested in the truth.. Cyber Terrorism...
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:34 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • Wow!
    I guess they are going to draw attention to themselves.. not the "good" kind either.
    Jambo4

    Answer by Jambo4 at 3:48 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • The articles I read said these hackers are not actually affiliated with Wikileaks, just "supporters."
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 3:51 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • sorry if I seem ignorant, but what exactly is "wikileaks"? I read about it in the Times magazine and online but i'm still not quite educated on who they are and their purpose
    Owl_Feather

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 3:54 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • SuperChicken, There are supposedly cyber hackers who are not directly affiliated with Wikileaks who have been instructed/recruited/etc by Wikileaks to release "poison pills"..... Just because they don't have the Wikileaks affiliation, doesn't mean they aren't a part of the "war" Assange and Wikileaks want to wage across the internet..
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:56 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • If they have been instructed or recruited by Wikileaks, then they would be affiliated, right?
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 4:22 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • Super, I think there is a "gray" area... I think in the coming months and beyond we will find there has been a much greater involvement than those who were originally thought to be "affiliated"..... Nonetheless Supporters of any cause who behave in this matter should be condemned by the group~ especially if the group is about " transparency"... Has wikileaks condemned their "supporters" actions?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:40 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • Holy shit! Anyone who thinks this guy is only doing what is his civil right(even if it is someone doing it for him)is absolutely crazy. Do you see the problems this could cause? More than you can imagine.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:12 PM on Dec. 8, 2010

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