Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

Summary: Mastercard said Thursday that it is recovering from a series of attacks related to the Wikileaks flap. The credit card company is under fire from hackers.

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Mastercard said Thursday that it is recovering from a series of attacks related to the Wikileaks flap.

In a statement, Mastercard said:

MasterCard has made significant progress in restoring full-service to its corporate website. 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.

Hackers have taken aim at Mastercard in an effort dubbed "Operation Payback." These attacks are aimed at any company that hampered the Wikileaks effort. Mastercard stopped processing donations for WikiLeaks.

Amazon, who nixed Wikileaks' hosting, and PayPal are also on the hit list.

These companies are now deemed enemies of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange, who is being held in the U.K. on accusations of sex offensives.

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  • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

    Poor babies!
    james347
    • such an honorable group of people

      "These companies are now deemed enemies of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange"

      So either you support those you don't want to or we'll take you down. so much for having the "freedom to chose who you want to deal with"

      I'm sure the HollyWoodDogs and economisters will tell us how this is so much better then how the US gov does it.
      Ron Bergundy
      • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

        @cyberspammer2 <br>Is it who they wish to deal with or goverment pressure pushing them in that direction.<br>PayPal already let out they cut off WikiLeaks due to goverment pressure.... though what type keeps getting spun out to Neptune and back.....
        rhonin
      • Don't you see the irony?

        "So either you support those you don't want to or we'll take you down."<br><br>Shutting down service of customers they don't support;-)<br><br>The information released is instructive. We finally what the MSM media knew of the failures of governments/politicians but never published because they're in bed with them.
        Richard Flude
    • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

      I don't support hacking, but I don't know what their contract was with Wikileaks so I can't claim knowledge on whether or not it was their right to breach that contract without consequence.
      (In case you didn't know, I am a Wikileaks supporter...)
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      josepe12
  • Mastercard and Freedom

    After all what?s the point of freedom and responsibility and opportunity if you are denied such things only to have the world figured out and sold to you in convenient episodes that so often serve to conveniently serve the indoctrinated/vested power bases and their infomercial packages?

    After all is it really all about freedom as Mastercard so often boasts in its commercials? I wonder...

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/12/media-transparency-mastercard-and-payback/
    iamandami
  • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

    It's shocking that companies like Amazon, Mastercard, VISA and Paypal are bowing to US govt pressure to completely abandon due-process, free speech and free press. Those companies should all be prosecuted by any means possible for this insult to the values that the US was founded on
    GLComputing
    • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

      @GLComputing What? Why should these companies be prosecuted exactly? When you use the services that these companies provide, you agree by their terms of service. Free speech, due process and free press are not their concern. Take them to court, yes, but I doubt you would win because these companies are merely abiding by the terms of service.
      bobabob
      • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

        @bobabob <br>It's not tos they are dealing with, it is goverment pressure.<br>PayPal already let that cat out....<br>Now we have the Visa doantion issue as a result...<br><br>What scares companies is when the government rolls out the "terrorist" word as it gives them carte blanche to rummage and rampage - just the supposed threat is scary.
        rhonin
      • Due process? Free speech???

        @bobabob don't you people remember when Obama 'lectured students in Shanghai about freedom of the press and how the internet was the epitome of freedom of information. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL ad infinitum!
        Bradish@...
      • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

        @bobabob
        Why should these companies be prosecuted exactly?
        Well (from Zdnet.co.uk)...

        "A hosting company has said it will take immediate legal action against Visa and MasterCard over the payments companies' refusal to process donations for whistleblower site Wikileaks.

        DataCell EHF, a hosting company based in Iceland, facilitates donations to Wikileaks. DataCell said that it had been losing revenue since Visa and Mastercard decided to stop processing Wikileaks' donations.

        "DataCell EHF... has decided to take up immediate legal actions (sic) to make donations possible again," said DataCell chief executive Andreas Fink in a statement on Wednesday.

        Fink told ZDNet UK that DataCell would pursue legal action as soon as possible.

        "Not being able to receive money from the public for a week can cost Wikileaks 7 digit figures in losses, and DataCell as well, as it is unable to process any cards," Fink said.
        "
        AndyPagin
    • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

      @GLComputing

      I was sympathetic with the WikiLeaks crowd until they started pulling this crap. This childishness proves that all this free speech talk is just a cover for doing whatever they want regardless of the law. They are proving beyond doubt that they are indeed terrorists, which is sad because rather than prove the government wrong for attaching this label to them, they are doing everything they can to live up to the label.
      Michael Kelly
      • WikiLeaks didn't attack any companies

        @Michael Kelly ... people can't be held responsible for third parties who take actions claiming to be inspired them.
        HollywoodDog
      • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

        @HollywoodDog

        Yes they can. The Pope did not molest anybody as far as I know, yet he is (properly so) blamed for the scandal caused by others. I don't see Wikileaks doing anything to drcry the actions of these people. But I do see reports of Assange threatening to release some sort of doomsday leak if he should be legally convicted of crimes. Like I said, before this childishness started they had my attention. No more.
        Michael Kelly
      • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

        @Michael Kelly Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, and the like have major control over global business transactions. You don't see there's a problem when all these groups just start rolling over whenever a government pushes them to drop a client which the government doesn't like? Oh, it's legal under their service agreement, naturally... But then, what freedom are you left with when this means the US government can deprive you of your livelihood just because it doesn't like what you have to say?
        dannote
      • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

        @dannote

        I am not absolving Visa or Mastercard or Amazon or the US government in any way. But two wrongs do not make a right. It's not the leaks themselves that I object to, it's the threats and the childish behavior.

        If Assange wants to release that big encrypted file that has all this embarrassing information to the world I am fine with that as long as it's the truth. But to withhold it and use it as a threat if any harm comes to him or Wikileaks, that is a threat. There is no journalistic integrity in such a threat.
        Michael Kelly
    • Lack of Due Process

      @GLComputing
      I agree that the companies should have resisted pressure until the government followed due process.
      sboverie
  • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

    This article is incredibly misleading.
    This is not Assange's army, and they were NOT organized by Wikileaks. This is anon. They take up random causes like this all the time. There's no wikileaks organized hit list or anything of the like, just a bunch of bored kids with a cause. They've messed with everyone from Justin Bieber to Scientology. They're (generally) staunchly anti-censorship, so their ideals happen to line up here. But they are NOT directly related to wikileaks.

    Larry Dignan, You should be ashamed. You have absolutely done next to zero background research here.
    ALISON SMOCK
    • RE: Mastercard: We're recovering from Wikileaks related attacks

      No research? On ZDnet?? What else is new...

      Bloggers just spew out attention grabbing headlines and whatever random thoughts enter their brains. Real research is done sometimes by Mary Jo or Ed but the rest are just blog filler.

      You were expecting different???
      wendellgee2
  • In my book it is still Wednesday

    "Mastercard said Thursday that it is" ... in a lot of places around the world it is still Wednesday.
    TxM2xTx