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Operation Payback cripples MasterCard site in revenge for WikiLeaks ban

Operation Payback cripples MasterCard site in revenge for WikiLeaks ban --Hackers attack credit card company and Swedish prosecution authority as 'censorship' row escalates 08 Dec 2010 The websites of the international credit card MasterCard and the Swedish prosecution authority are among the latest to be taken offline in the escalating technological battle over WikiLeaks, web censorship and perceived political pressure. Co-ordinated attacks by online activists who support the site and its founder Julian Assange – who is in UK custody accused of raping two Swedish women – have seen the websites of the alleged victims' Swedish lawyer disabled [<g>], while commercial and political targets have also been subject to attack by a loose coalition of global hackers.