4Chan, Anonymous Wreak Revenge On MasterCard, PayPal, Banks

The Faces of Anonymous. Photo: Vincent Diamante (CC)

The Faces of Anonymous. Photo: Vincent Diamante (CC)

I’ve not thought too highly of the hordes at 4Chan until now, but Julian Assange needs some help and they’re doing what they do best, making massive coordinated attacks on Assange’s various foes, as reported by ArsTechnica (since that report was posted MasterCard has also come under attack):

The forces of Anonymous have taken aim at several companies who are refusing to do business with WikiLeaks. 4chan’s hordes have launched distributed denial-of-service attacks against PayPal, Swiss bank PostFinance, and other sites that have hindered the whistleblowing site’s operations.

A self-styled spokesman for the group calling himself “Coldblood” has said that any website that’s “bowing down to government pressure” is a target. PayPal ceased processing donations to the site, and PostFinance froze WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s account. The attacks are being performed under the Operation: Payback banner; Operation: Payback is the name the group is using in its long-running attacks on the RIAA, MPAA, and other organizations involved with anti-piracy lawsuits.

The initial attacks against PayPal were substantially ineffective; the PayPal blog was taken offline, but the main PayPal site wasn’t harmed. The attacks against PostFinance, however, have resulted in the bank’s website being unavailable for more than 16 hours. It remains unavailable at the time of writing. The latest target is the site of the Swedish prosecutors in Assange’s sexual misconduct trial. This too appears to be offline. Twitter has also been named as a future attack target, due to its claimed censorship of the #wikileaks hashtag.

The companies being attacked deny that their behavior is a result of government influence. Rather, they are claiming that WikiLeaks and Assange have failed to adhere to the terms of use of various services. Amazon, which for a time hosted the site, said that WikiLeaks was failing to ensure that it “wasn’t putting innocent people in jeopardy.” PostFinance said that Assange lied on an application form.

In a case of tit-for-tat, unknown forces have since launched a denial of service attack against Anonymous’ own site (one that took it offline shortly after publication), though the IRC channel used for coordination is still operational, and its denial-of-service software, LOIC, is still functioning properly…

[continues at ArsTechnica]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Just…this…once

    …I will cope with being potentially defined by my allies. *shudder*

    if it takes /b/ to engage the battle against web tyranny on multiple levels…so be it…GO ANONYMOUS! NEVER FORGIVE, NEVER FORGET!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Just…this…once

    …I will cope with being potentially defined by my allies. *shudder*

    if it takes /b/ to engage the battle against web tyranny on multiple levels…so be it…GO ANONYMOUS! NEVER FORGIVE, NEVER FORGET!

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Had this been written as sci-fi intrigue only a few years ago, it would not have been believable enough to be published. I do so like when the world gets noteworthy in a way that is unlikely to kill me.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Had this been written as sci-fi intrigue only a few years ago, it would not have been believable enough to be published. I do so like when the world gets noteworthy in a way that is unlikely to kill me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N5T3MIGWRGY2DVALZT6A4RTWUE Davi

    I don’t support Hacking, but if Us Gov’t can shoot down and force all the companies to drop wikileaks, even post Assage on “most wanted” interpol list for a broken condon…
    Did any body say anything about illegal?
    At this point, if we are going to really follow the laws, jail will be full, and won’t be Assage or the guys from “Anonymous”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N5T3MIGWRGY2DVALZT6A4RTWUE Davi

    I don’t support Hacking, but if Us Gov’t can shoot down and force all the companies to drop wikileaks, even post Assage on “most wanted” interpol list for a broken condon…
    Did any body say anything about illegal?
    At this point, if we are going to really follow the laws, jail will be full, and won’t be Assage or the guys from “Anonymous”

  • Andrew

    Goodbye `net neutrality.

  • Andrew

    Goodbye `net neutrality.

  • VangOx

    Wikileaks don’t need these idiots fucking things up. 4chan and these anonymous freaks need to stay the fuck out. Get back to trolling scientology.

  • VangOx

    Wikileaks don’t need these idiots fucking things up. 4chan and these anonymous freaks need to stay the fuck out. Get back to trolling scientology.

    • Anonymous

      u mad bro?

    • damg

      cool story bro

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it “Wreak Havoc” and “Bring Revenge”?

  • Guest

    Isn’t it “Wreak Havoc” and “Bring Revenge”?

    • Quart Jester

      “Wreaking Revenge” reeks.

    • http://disinfo.com/ Majestic

      I liked the alliteration but maybe you are right ;-)

  • Quart Jester

    “Wreaking Revenge” reeks.

  • http://disinfo.com Majestic

    I liked the alliteration but maybe you are right ;-)

  • Anonymous

    u mad bro?

  • Haystack

    This is a battle that 4chan, Anonymous, & co were born to fight. It’s not just about Wikileaks; this a test of whether the US government can successfully suppress the free flow of information on the Internet. While what Wikileaks is doing may make some of us uncomfortable, having our right to support them with donations suppressed by the government is more than we should tolerate–especially at a time when the right of corporations to spend freely on political campaigns has been upheld as “free speech.”

  • Haystack

    This is a battle that 4chan, Anonymous, & co were born to fight. It’s not just about Wikileaks; this a test of whether the US government can successfully suppress the free flow of information on the Internet. While what Wikileaks is doing may make some of us uncomfortable, having our right to support them with donations suppressed by the government is more than we should tolerate–especially at a time when the right of corporations to spend freely on political campaigns has been upheld as “free speech.”

  • damg

    cool story bro

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