MasterCard is Anonymous’ Latest Operation Payback Target

The hacktivist group Anonymous, which took down PayPal yesterday, is continuing its online fight for Wikileaks, which was taken off various sites this week. The latest target was MasterCard’s website. CNET reports:

The hacking group Anonymous is taking responsibility for a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the credit company’s site in retaliation for MasterCard’s decision on Monday to block donations and payments to WikiLeaks, which was first reported by CNET.

MasterCard’s main site was at times either offline or extremely slow to load this morning. Ping requests to the site also timed out, an indication that the site was unreachable. Early this morning, the Anonymous group, known on Twitter as Anon_Operation, tweeted the following statement:

“WE ARE GLAD TO TELL YOU THAT http://www.mastercard.com/ is DOWN AND IT’S CONFIRMED”

MasterCard claimed its site was still functioning but just experiencing heavy traffic on its external corporate site, according to the BBC. The company added that there was “no impact” on the ability of customers to use their credit cards for transactions, the BBC further reported.

When PayPal cut off access to Wikileaks on Saturday, Anonymous launched an attack on PayPal’s blog.

Who’s next? Interpol’s site, or Sarah Palin?