Anonymous declares war on mastercard, paypal, and possibly others!

One of the hackers told the Daily Telegraph they were attacking the website's payment mechanism, and warned that Mastercard 's payment system could be next. The group has previously attacked the websites of Visa, Amazon and Mastercard but has not previously tried to disrupt a payment system.
The hackers decided to attack the Paypal website after it suspended payments to the Wikileaks fundraising account.
The group has previously attacked the websites of Visa, Mastercard and the Swedish government. It has already attacked the websites of Visa, Mastercard and the Swedish government.

The hackers were also planning an attack on the website of Amazon, the online retailer, but opted not to after a split between its members.
One of the hackers said: "We attacked VISA and MasterCard's front end website, which is the page you see when you load or We did not attack the payment mechanism for those two, but we did so with Paypal."
"It is definitely an information war. The core principle behind it is [that] information is free, governments keep information to themselves, Wikileaks releases them to the general public and the war occurs."
A spokesman for Paypal insisted that the site had not been disrupted: "As far as we are aware there hasn't been any further impact no the site and it remains fully functional."
Earlier the attackers brought down the official Swedish government website in revenge for accusations of rape in the country against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The official site,, was offline for several hours overnight and only a message saying the site could not be reached was visible.
The actions so far have been essentially attacks by volume, known as DDoS or distributed denial of service, in which the target site is hit with massively increased numbers of visitors with the intention of exceeding its capabilities and forcing it to crash.
In this case, hundreds of volunteers have downloaded something called a botnet, which aids the distribution of the command to attack the site. The volunteers wait until they are given a signal on an internet chatroom, before launching the massed attack.
The attacks are illegal in Britain and carry a maximum sentence of two years.
Internet security experts warned that Amazon could be next after the firm removed WikiLeaks contents from one of its services.
Carole Theriault, a senior security consultant at Sophos, a computer security firm, said: "If the big companies weren't locking down their information before, they're definitely doing it now.
"This is really unprecedented and Amazon could be next."
She added: "Hacking is illegal and it's not just the companies which are the victims of this, it's also the people who are trying to use their services to shop and the sellers of those items who can't sell them.
However she said it was unlikely, although not impossible, for people's credit card details to be unearthed by such attacks.
"Data held by financial services companies is extremely safe and it's in their interests to keep it that way."
The group of "hacktivists" calling themselves Anonymous posted a blog setting out its aims as campaiging for free speech.
The post read: "Hello World. We are Anonymous. What you do or do not know about us is irrelevant. We have decided to write to you, the media, and all citizens of the free world at large to inform you of the message, our intentions, potential targets, and our ongoing peaceful campaign for freedom.
"The message is simple: freedom of speech. Anonymous is peacefully campaigning for freedom of speech everywhere in all forms. Freedom of speech for: the internet, for journalism and journalists, and citizens of the world at large. Regardless of what you think or have to say; Anonymous is campaigning for you."

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    As long as they are not stealing information from customers with accounts of websites like Amazon, we support the cause.

    • Dawn
    • December 11, 2010, 11:06 am
    Agreed. When the rights of citizens are endangered, you can expect anonymous to do something about it.
    - XxDaminalsxX December 11, 2010, 1:25 pm
    Yep, they will do something about it. Nothing that is helpful in the long run, or is productive but something.
    - johnecash December 14, 2010, 12:16 pm
    Dammit. I think johnecash follows you on sharenator O_O Because 3 days after your comment johnecash shows up to shove his cynicism and ideals down people's throats. And he hardly comments on any of my posts unless you comment (that's what I've come to notice on a few of them). I think that's a bit weird. Don't you? I'm not saying that you're connected to johnecash just that I think he follows you.
    - XxDaminalsxX December 14, 2010, 3:40 pm
    We guess we're just used to creepy guys cyberstalking us by now. What's the old saying, the nail that sticks out the most gets hit the hardest? We're used to it.
    - Dawn December 14, 2010, 4:27 pm
    Now if you were only used to real people and not just cyber. For some reason I just know you have a hairy lip.
    - johnecash December 15, 2010, 10:00 am
    I love it when you kids get feisty. Its so fun and predictable to watch.
    - johnecash December 15, 2010, 10:01 am
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    Im glad there are people out there willing to show the goverments that they arnt near as friggin smart as they think they are. That is just a small amount of what can really be done...

    I agree. One day, they will learn.
    - XxDaminalsxX December 14, 2010, 12:03 pm
    When I see these Kids lighting themself on fire to protest what they think, then they have done something. When I see them stand if front of a tank, then they have done something. When I see them walk up to armed police and military personnel only to put a flower in the barrel of the gun, then they will have done something. As is they have not stopped any one or changed anything. They have been an annoyance, much like a fly buzzing around the room.
    - johnecash December 14, 2010, 12:19 pm
    It's to scare those who would silence wikileaks, to make them relize that there are ways for them to make them pay. If they were to fully crash these 3 web sites. That wouldn't only make the ppl that are creating the problem pay, but also those who did not. This is more of a way of getting those who did not create this whole issue, change the minds of those who did.
    - zagaroth December 14, 2010, 11:34 pm
    So far they have scared no one. So far an annoyance is all they are. Collateral damage is never a good way to get the public to join your cause. Read the Art of War by Niccol Machiavelli. He was a the master of how to sway the public in your favor. He also addresses the problems of collateral damage.
    - johnecash December 15, 2010, 8:44 am
    I agree, to an extent. You more or less agreed with my point anyways. The reason they only crashed part of the sites is because of the fact that they don
    - zagaroth December 15, 2010, 7:56 pm
    Mastercard would be a very large room. I have never been a big fan of "vigilantes." The idea starts off good in the begging, but most end up letting the "power" go to their head. Just look at the KKK. A group with good intentions to begin with, yet we all know what it turned into.
    - johnecash December 15, 2010, 8:28 pm
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    this is, & it will get bigger.

    "And yes, there will be blood." Oh yeah. This'll get bigger.
    - XxDaminalsxX December 13, 2010, 3:11 am
    they can't stop us for we are everyone and we are no one
    - triclebickle December 13, 2010, 4:28 pm
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    go get em anonymous

    They are most definitely "getting them".
    - XxDaminalsxX December 13, 2010, 3:13 am
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    How has nobody yet linked this to 4chan? If I was moot I'd be in a safe-house somewhere by now.

    because it's not 4chans fault, moot probably isn't worried, he is not doing anything to anger anyone.
    - thekitkatkid December 13, 2010, 1:53 pm
    It was a joke....
    - Jackylegs December 13, 2010, 2:04 pm
    not a very good one.
    - thekitkatkid December 13, 2010, 2:53 pm
    I laughed. canz i haz cookiez now?
    - arrowdodger7 December 15, 2010, 8:54 am
    Here you go.
    - Jackylegs December 15, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Fank u!

    - arrowdodger7 December 16, 2010, 5:17 am
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    as long as my money is going to be harmed im all for it but if my money is harmed i will not hesitate to do what needs to be done to keep my money safe.

    Today your money has not been harmed. But if these kids keep doing what they are doing they could make you pay. Mastercard didn't loose any sleep over this. But the people with fucked up statements did.
    - johnecash December 14, 2010, 12:20 pm
    which is why i would not hesitate to make sure i keep my money safe.
    - triclebickle December 14, 2010, 12:42 pm
    where is it safe?
    - johnecash December 14, 2010, 3:19 pm
    i dont know anymore
    - triclebickle December 14, 2010, 4:14 pm
    i agree
    - johnecash December 14, 2010, 6:11 pm
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    Lol, in Britian, DDoSing is illegal? Maximum 2 years? Well, put it this way, because of the (fucked up) way our politics work, if you are black, muslim or an imigrant, you probably wont get arrested at all. If you are British, you would probably get the entire 2 years, but then again, we have pathetic jail sentences here. They will say 2 years but you probably get out after a month for "good behaviour".

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