WikiLeaks Revenge Army ‘Operation: Payback’ Takes Down Visa

December 8, 2010

(ChattahBox Technology News)—The group of Anonymous hacker troublemakers operating as Operation: Payback, seeking revenge on behalf of WikiLeaks, have struck again. Just now Visa’s website went down, as a result of heavy fire from DDoS attacks. Anonymous’ Twitter account Anon_Operation is celebrating its success, tweeting, “IT’S DOWN! KEEP FIRING!!! #DDOS #PAYBACK #WIKILEAKS.” After a number of companies refused to do business with WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, including PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and PostFinance, the Operation: Payback hordes waged a cyber war, by launching DDoS attacks against the company websites. Yesterday was MasterCard’s turn. Today it’s Visa. Who is next?

Operation: Payback was formed by Anonymous members several months ago to launch DDoS attacks against “major anti-piracy & anti-freedom entities.” The group of hackers, usually in the game for thrills and Lulz, are now taking on the mantle of defenders of freedom and transparency.

The group uploaded a YouTube video warning government and corporate entities against censorship and free speech.

“The unjust restrictions you impose on us will meet with disaster and only strengthen our resolve to disobey, says the computer generated voice on the video.

The Anonymous Operation: Payback claims to be “legion, saying “we are over 9,000.”

The attack on Visa continues, with the hacktivists on the Anonymous Operation: Payback’s Twitter account keeping a running commentary on the ongoing cyber attack.

“@Anon_Operation verified.visa.com is a better target, take that out and ecommerce transactions will grind to a halt!”

“sunnysingh_sw6 Bloody hell! @anon_operation takes down mastercard, visa, a Swiss bank, the Swedish prosecution, and Lieberman’s site. In 24 hours? Whoa.”

Meanwhile, Facebook banned Operation: Payback’s page for violating its terms of service.

Watch the video:

Photo Source: Wikimedia/Flickr/Vincent Diamante/ Anonymous at Scientology in Los Angeles/Creative Commons Attribution.


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