Last Updated: 2010-12-08 20:36:08 UTC
by Rob VandenBrink (Version: 2)
Valentin reports that several sites related to the recent activity around Wikileaks and the prosecution of Julian Assange seem to be under DDOS, confirmed here ==> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11935539
The main Mastercard website is offline right now - note that this outage does not affect transaction processing. The Swedish prosecutors office was taken offline, they were back on around 12:30 GMT. Other sites that the attackers deem to be "anti-Wikileaks" are also affected.
Update: 2010-12-08 20:34 UTC Mastercard has released a statement about the DDOS
The attackers are rumoured to actually be asking for volunteers "for the cause' in their activity. Since this activity is illegal in most countries, participating in these attacks may have legal implications. Readers should use caution, participation in something like this is NOT anything like donating to a charity - it's more like smashing windows and setting fires at a peaceful demonstration. Plus knowingly downloading code to participate in a botnet isn't the best move for the continued health of your workstation ...
If we see developments in this story, we'll update this post. Comments of course are welcome!
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