MasterCard Website Suffers Cyber Attack

A hacker claiming to be associated with Anonymous tweeted that the group had taken down MasterCard’s site with a denial-of-service attack earlier today, The Washington Post reports.

“MasterCard.com DOWN!!!, thats what you get when you mess with @wikileaks @Anon_Central and the enter community of lulz loving individuals,” tweeted the hacker who calls himself “Ibom Hacktivist.”

This was the second time MasterCard was hit by a cyber attack as a result of its decision to stop doing business with WikiLeaks. In December, Anonymous launched “Operation Payback,” which began in September 2010 and targeted myriad of websites belonging to anti-piracy and entertainment groups.

Highlighting the latest attack, The Telegraph said WikiLeaks tweeted that the hacktivists’ actions were “over the continuing illegal WikiLeaks fiscal embargo.”

“The unlawful banking blockade against WikiLeaks in 6th month: The culprits: VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Bank of America, Western Union,” the whistle-blower site tweeted.

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