MasterCard.com has been down since about 5 a.m. ET.
According to the BBC (link here) hackers who support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are taking credit.
Earlier this week, MasterCard decided to stop processing payments for the group.
Operation Payback appeared to first report the outage, which has been confirmed throughout the morning by DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com.
DDOS attacks, also known as a denial of service, were used to take down WikiLeaks.org, and forced it to move to WikiLeaks.ch.
This also follows Operation:Paybacks previous attack on a Swiss Bank PostFinance, that had frozen Julian Assange’s accounts.
So far, no one is clear under what law Paypal, Mastercard, PostFinance etc. have closed Julien’s account. Paypal’s Platform VC has however confirmed that they closed the Paypal account of Wikileaks after an intervention from the US State Department.
In a further development, Iceland-based IT firm Datacell said it would move immediately to try to force Mastercard and Visa to resume allowing payments to the whistle-blowing website – stating that such moves could harm its own business.
I was playing with Google Web Trends last night, and whilst there I took to wondering how massive Coronation Street had become online
given their 50th Birthday Celebrations.
So I plumbed in Coronation Street, I then needed something to compare it next to.
I then got to thinking that wikileaks had recently been forcibly removed from twitter trends, so I wondered how it was fairing, and how it was standing up next to Coronation Street, which is currently broadcasting what some would call the biggest TV moment of the year.
Scale is based on the average traffic of coronation street from England in Dec 2010.
coronation street 1.00 wikileaks 3.64 beiber 0.08
PS I threw in Beiber, as in Justin Beiber just out of interest.
What was interesting to see, is that wikileaks are still the most popular search in the England, with only Monday nights Coronation Street causing the interest in
Coronation Street to surge – but still not beating wikileaks for the day, and only just pipping the December 5th search lul in wikileaks.
Given Twitter has already blocked wikileaks from trending, will Google be the next to start censoring them?
Out of interest, the search terms “weather” and “snow” still beats most other web searches with more searches for the term than there for anything else I tried it with.
The same trend carries on throughout the world, throwing in terms such as “Assange” only makes them more popular, and I would guess that Wikileaks is currently the most searched for organisation on the planet at the moment.
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