Visa hit by web protest

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share Wednesday 8 December 2010 9:29 pm whatsapp KCS-content SUPPORTERS of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks brought down several payment processing websites yesterday and threatened to attack other financial services. Visa’s website was suspended and Mastercard’s online services were malfunctioning yesterday after activist group Anonymous attacked the websites as revenge for the companies blocking Wikileaks transactions earlier in the week. Mastercard said yesterday: “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.”Visa said its homepage was “experiencing heavier than normal traffic”.A group called Anonymous, which coordinated the attacks via Twitter with the message “FIRE FIRE FIRE”, has since seen its own website and Twitter account disabled. The group released a statement claiming it overwhelmed the financial websites’ servers with fake visits. It named Amazon, Paypal and EveryDNS as other targets for attacks, after they prevented Wikileaks from using services.Meanwhile, IT company Datacell threatened Visa and Mastercard with legal action yesterday, claiming the firms’ stance on Wikileaks was damaging its business. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is set to remain in UK police custody until a court hearing on 14 December, after he was detained on Tuesday under a Swedish arrest warrant for alleged sexual offences. The Wikileaks webpage was not functioning last night, though the 250,000 leaked diplomatic papers remained available on mirror sites. Visa hit by web protest whatsapp Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comlast_img read more