Is "Operation Payback" morphing into an economic "Project Mayhem"?

Cassandra Syndrome

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Today the Visa and Mastercard websites were attacked, hacked into and closed down. This follows a string of hackings on corporate and state websites since November 5th. The recent intensity is payback for the arrest of Wikileaks founder Assange.

Is this linked to Cantona's bank run or the problems with ATMs at bank of Ireland? Is this a coordinated effort to attack the financial system similar to the 1999 Fincher film "Fight Club"?

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http://pandalabs.pandasecurity.com/4chan-users-organize-ddos-against-mpaa/

Wikipedia article on them

Operation Payback is a coordinated group of attacks on internet piracy opponents by internet activists. It started as retaliation to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on torrent sites, piracy proponents decided to launch DDoS attacks on piracy opponents in return. It snowballed from there into a wave of attacks on several major anti-piracy groups. Operation Payback is affiliated with Anonymous.[1] In December 2010 Operation Payback organizers focused their attention on DDoS attacks on websites of companies that oppose WikiLeaks.[2]
Operation Payback - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zerohedge articles on this

Twitter Caves To Adjusted First Amendment, Blocks "Operation Paybacks" Anon_Operations; Next Up: Twitter Taken Down By Hactivists? | zero hedge

"Operation Payback" Crashes VISA Website In Under One Minute As It Seeks Revenge From Second Credit Card Processor | zero hedge
 


Cassandra Syndrome

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Facebook like Twitter are trying to take it off ots website now.
 

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No, it is not an attack on the financial system similar to the 1999 Fincher film "Fight Club". This is related to Wikileeks.

Anon has launched a DDOS attack on Visa and Mastercard's websites and plan to do the same to PayPal as they have refused to have any more dealings with Wikileeks after pressure from the US.

Operation Payback cripples MasterCard site in revenge for WikiLeaks ban

They are also planning to do the same to twitter, as twitter seem to not be allowing wikileek related tweets to trend.

This is not hacking, it is a DDOS attack and this was done to the wikileeks website within the last two weeks as well.

Wikileaks under attack: the definitive timeline

Edit: I am not involved in Operation Payback in any way.
 

eoghanacht

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Can i just say 'how do you like them apples'
 

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"There are Some Things Money Can't Buy. For Everything Else, there's HTTP Error 408 Request Timeout"
 

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No, it's not related to the Cantona saga but merely that Visa, MC, and PayPal refused to process donations to wikileaks. PayPal defended its position by stating that wikileaks is considered to be an illegal operation in the USA.

However on that basis, one wonders why none of these pymt processors appear(ed) to have any issues (moral or otherwise) with transmitting pymts to illegal (child) porn sites...
 

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Great to see people taking to fight to the capitalist dogs in such an intelligent and effective way.
 

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No, it's not related to the Cantona saga but merely that Visa, MC, and PayPal refused to process donations to wikileaks. PayPal defended its position by stating that wikileaks is considered to be an illegal operation in the USA.

However on that basis, one wonders why none of these pymt processors appear(ed) to have any issues (moral or otherwise) with transmitting pymts to illegal (child) porn sites...
Somewhat ironic too given that the New York Times published all WikiLeak data yet Visa/MC/PP close down payment / contribution service. We can draw on many examples where media is biased and aligned to major political interests. Seems in this instance, the electronic bankers succumb yet NYT took a stance. Interesting era in which we live....
 

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No, it's not related to the Cantona saga but merely that Visa, MC, and PayPal refused to process donations to wikileaks. PayPal defended its position by stating that wikileaks is considered to be an illegal operation in the USA.

However on that basis, one wonders why none of these pymt processors appear(ed) to have any issues (moral or otherwise) with transmitting pymts to illegal (child) porn sites...
Wikileaks is not an illegal operation. It is not illegal to publish classified documents. Its illegal to leak them.
 

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Interesting that Wikileaks yesterday released a cable showing the US attempt to influence Russian authorities in order to protect the interests of Visa and Mastercard. And yet these companies continue to maintain that they are not politically motivated in their actions against Wikileaks.

WikiLeaks cables: US 'lobbied Russia on behalf of Visa and MasterCard' | World news | The Guardian

Operation Payback deserves support, but the frustrating thing about such a nebulous, technical resistance organisation is that (for most people) it is almost impossible to actively contribute to its campaign.
 

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Interesting that Wikileaks yesterday released a cable showing the US attempt to influence Russian authorities in order to protect the interests of Visa and Mastercard. And yet these companies continue to maintain that they are not politically motivated in their actions against Wikileaks.

WikiLeaks cables: US 'lobbied Russia on behalf of Visa and MasterCard' | World news | The Guardian

Operation Payback deserves support, but the frustrating thing about such a nebulous, technical resistance organisation is that (for most people) it is almost impossible to actively contribute to its campaign.

Not really. The guys to organise this stuff provide the scripts and instructions required to carry out these sorts of attacks. It's just a matter of mixing in the right circles, but be warned, 4chan is not a place for the faint hearted.
 

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Not really. The guys to organise this stuff provide the scripts and instructions required to carry out these sorts of attacks. It's just a matter of mixing in the right circles, but be warned, 4chan is not a place for the faint hearted.
Yeah, the more I look into this, the more all roads seem to lead to 4chan. Thanks for the warning, but I reckon I'll be ok.
 


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