Anonymous yesterday launched a DDoS attack against the website of the Swedish prosecution authority in response to the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to The Tech Herald.
The government-run website www.aklagare.se was unavailable most of Tuesday and early morning on Wednesday. As the site came back up again, a news release confirmed the site has been targeted by a cyber attack and could remain “slightly unstable” due to continued Internet assaults.
According to the New York Post, members of Anonymous were discussing possible additional attacks on MasterCard, Visa and PayPal in an online chat room yesterday. Earlier this morning, MasterCard’s corporate website was inaccessible because of an apparent cyber attack, but a spokesman for the company did not comment on allegations of who was behind the attack, CNN reported.
PayPal on Sunday suspended WikiLeaks account, citing its Acceptable Use Policy, which states the service “cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity.“