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Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

Mastercard said Thursday that it is recovering from a series of attacks related to the Wikileaks flap. The credit card company is under fire from hackers.

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Mastercard said Thursday that it is recovering from a series of attacks related to the Wikileaks flap.

In a statement, Mastercard said:

MasterCard has made significant progress in restoring full-service to its corporate website. Our core processing capabilities have not been compromised and cardholder account data has not been placed at risk. While we have seen limited interruption in some web-based services, cardholders can continue to use their cards for secure transactions globally.

Hackers have taken aim at Mastercard in an effort dubbed "Operation Payback." These attacks are aimed at any company that hampered the Wikileaks effort. Mastercard stopped processing donations for WikiLeaks.

Amazon, who nixed Wikileaks' hosting, and PayPal are also on the hit list.

These companies are now deemed enemies of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange, who is being held in the U.K. on accusations of sex offenses.

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10 comments
JamesRL
JamesRL

Saw a news item which showed a tweat from the organizers which basically called off the attack on Amazon, saying they weren't in a position to harm them. Apparently after some of the previous DDOS attacks, Amazon took measures to do what they could to fend them off.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Apparently it's a mortal sin to block Wikileaks but it's morally defensible to attack other sites.

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

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TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

I don't support hacking, but I don't know what their contract was with Wikileaks so I can't claim knowledge on whether or not it was their right to breach that contract without consequence. (In case you didn't know, I am a Wikileaks supporter...)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Those who attack sites in the name of preventing their poorly understood definition of 'censorship'. More specifically, those who seek to block access to financial transaction sites like Mastercard, Visa, and PayPal because those companies have exercised their right to not do business with WikiLeaks.

RipVan
RipVan

...and nicer than anything I would have to say.

Spitfire_Sysop
Spitfire_Sysop

I don't believe that any financial institution should seek to control how it's customers spend thier money.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Mastercard has a set of terms and conditions with both their cardholders and their merchants. They can withdraw service should they see fit. Merchants don't automatically qualify for Mastercard status just because they meet financial criteria. You and I can't really quibble about the agreements between MC and their merchants. You can chose to cut up and cancel your MasterCard should you choose.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Mastercard's customers aren't the people spending money. Its customers are the organizations who pay MC to provide services to accept payments. MC (like Visa, Paypal, etc.) is under no obligation to provide service to anyone (including Wikileaks) as long as such refusal does not violate the laws in the countries in which MC operates. Those who wish to contribute to Wikileaks are still free to do so by other means. MC's actions do not block where people spend their money, only a single channel among many available to those who would accept payment.

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