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Operation Payback : Hackers seek WikiLeaks' revenge


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#1 Romeo29

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:15 PM

In retaliation for refusing to let Mastercard customers donate to Wikileaks, 4Chan-based hackers and the Internet vigilante group Anonymous have successfully taken down the website of Mastercard.com with orchestrated DDOS attacks. The Anonymous-backed Operation Payback which is taking responsibility for these attacks, has also lead previous efforts against the RIAA. Operation Payback is organizing its WikiLeaks and Julian Assange support efforts through the @Anon_Operation Twitter account. Attacks have also hit Paypal and Swiss bank PostFinance and other sites which have refused service to Assange. EveryDNS.net, Visa as well as Amazon are also possible targets.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/08/mastercard-hackers-wikileaks-revenge
http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/08/4chan-takes-down-mastercard-site-in-support-of-wikileaks/
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Hackers+claim+Mastercard+attack+WikiLeaks+retaliation/3944830/story.html
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/12/operation-payback-shuts-down-visa-website-in-defense-of-wikileaks.html

As of now, MasterCard is still working to resolve the issue. They are giving situation updates on their blog here : http://blog.securetrading.com/


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Operation Payback is being followed by Operation Bank-Troll -- an online effort to spread a rumor through e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and other social media websites that MasterCard has been hacked and credit-card numbers have been leaked. But MasterCard has confirmed that the credit-card numbers posted are false.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/12/operation-bank-troll-mastercard-hacked-rumors-is-yet-another-credit-card-attack-in-defense-of-wikileaks.html

Edited by Romeo29, 08 December 2010 - 08:24 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2010 - 05:24 PM

Bad thing, they didnt hit amazon.... it will be talk on the news if the Wiki Hackers was able to put down amazon..

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 05:47 PM

I find it remarkable that the same powers and force of certain countries is not brought to bear on the bot-net owners and malware creators and distributors as is being brought to bear on one individual. They obviously need to take better care of their documents. :wink:

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 06:47 PM

As the shades of leaders long dead would surely say. For governments have been trying to keep their intentions secret since the Greeks left a horse stuffed with soldiers outside the gates of Troy, and they have been plagued by leaks of information for about as long. Some information really should be secret, and some leaks really do have consequences: the Civil War battle of Antietam might not have gone the way it did had Confederate General Robert E. Lee's orders not been found wrapped around cigars by Union troops a few days before. But in the past few years, governments have designated so much information secret that you wonder whether they intend the time of day to be classified. The number of new secrets designated as such by the U.S. government has risen 75%, from 105,163 in 1996 to 183,224 in 2009, according to the U.S. Information Security Oversight Office. At the same time, the number of documents and other communications created using those secrets has skyrocketed nearly 10 times, from 5,685,462 in 1996 to 54,651,765 in 2009. Not surprisingly, the number of people with access to that Everest of information has grown too. In 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found, the Pentagon alone gave clearances to some 630,000 people.

As more individuals handle more secrets in more places around the world, it naturally becomes harder to keep track of them. But more than that, it diminishes the credibility of the government's judgment about what should be secret. "When everything is classified, then nothing is classified," said Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in his judgment in the Pentagon papers case in 1971, when documents detailing the U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam were leaked to the Washington Post and New York Times. Then, said Potter, "the system becomes one to be disregarded by the cynical or the careless, and to be manipulated by those intent on self-protection or self-promotion."


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Posted 11 December 2010 - 02:16 PM

They aren't 'hackers'. They're a bunch of low-self-esteem kids with nothing better to do with their time than to cause mayhem and trouble for absolutely any friggin reason they so choose.

Hacker magazine 2600 officially issued a condemnation of the attacks yesterday.
http://www.2600.com/news/view/article/12037


Considering that the actual DDoS bot they were using was offered on twitter to any willing to participate (and not spread through malware that we are aware of), this is more along the lines of what teens do when they get bored. Someone somewhere had the skills to "make" the bot, but it certainly wasn't the whole group. To qualify any of those groups as "hackers" is laughable at best. Seriously folks. There is nothing simpler than a brute force flood when the tool is handed to you on a silver platter and all you gotta do is push a button.

And to all who think that 4chan's (or Anon_Project's) actions are cool, you're deluded. The people who were inconvenienced by this rash of attacks go far beyond any involved with Wikileaks. How many enterpreneurs rely on credit purchases or paypal to survive? It's a sad day when the internet community that cries so hard to protect 'censorship' actually takes actions that 'censor' others' right to make a living.

This was a very dumb move.
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