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WikiLeaks-Loving Hackers Strike MasterCard, PayPal

Companies who shunned site targeted
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2010 5:32 AM CST

(Newser) – WikiLeaks' bank accounts have been frozen, a host of companies have stopped doing business with it, and its founder is in custody, but is anybody coming to its defense? Step up, 4chan. "Anonymous," a group linked to the notorious message board, has launched denial-of-service assaults against firms that it says have "bowed to government pressure," the BBC reports. "Operation Payback" has taken MasterCard's website offline; potential future victims include Amazon and Visa.

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Attacks on PayPal only succeeded in taking down the company blog, but Swiss bank PostFinance lost website service for at least 24 hours, Ars Technica reports. A spokesperson for Anonymous—which is also helping create hundreds of WikiLeaks mirror sites—says the organization has "always taken a strong stance on censorship and freedom of expression on the Internet and come out against those who seek to destroy it by any means."
(Read more 4Chan stories.)

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