Tuesday, June 28, 2011
WikiLeaks Supporters take down MasterCard with Hacking
"Hacktivisits crashed the Website of international card scheme MasterCard for two hours today, in protest at the continuing blockade of funds for whistle-blowing outfit WikiLeaks.
Between noon and 2pm UK time, visitors to the MasterCard Website were timed out, indicating a massive distributed denial of service attack on the card group.
The broadside opens up a new front in the ongoing battle between underground hacking rings and large corporate interests.
The latest assault comes six months after hackers, loosely organised under the 'Anonymous' umbrella, successfully disrupted the Internet operations of a clutch of international payments groups in retaliation for cutting off payments to WikiLeaks.
More recently, the underground movement has appeared more concerned with exposing defective security precautions on corporate sites, dumping account names and other data on the public Web. The strike against MasterCard comes just a week after now-disbanded hacking collective LulzSec signalled a change in direction, announcing plans to partner with Anonymous on a new campaign dubbed Operation Anti-Security, targeting banks and governmental agencies" read more - via FinExtra