The latest in the WikiLeaks drama: 4chan-based group ‘Anonymous’ has successfully taken down the website of Mastercard.com following the attacks to Paypal and Swiss bank PostFinance, which have both refused service to Julian Assange‘s Wikileaks. [But the operation is still alive thanks to Flattr, a small startup created by Peter Sunde (@brokep), one of the masterminds behind Pirate Bay].
VentureBeat describes the 4chan’s troops movement:
A 4chan spokesman named “Coldblood” has said that any web site that is “bowing down to government pressure” is a potential target of DDoS attacks, which flood a site with requests until it is shut down. The attacks are being performed under the name Operation Payback, which has also initiated attacks against anti-piracy groups such as the Recording Industry Association of America. If the campaign is valid, then Amazon, EveryDNS.net, MasterCard, Visa and others could also be targets — since all have cut off WikiLeaks.
Since 4chan and WikiLeaks themselves have also come under attack, cyber guru John Perry Barlow warned, “The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.”
Check-out the profile of ‘Anonymous’ here!