Hackers to take down Amazon over Christmas?
If you're thinking of buying some Christmas presents on Amazon, you might want to act quickly thanks to the online group organising an attack against it as a protest against anti-WikiLeaks companies.
The movement dubbed "Operation Payback" has been using distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks to knock websites offline if they've refused to do business with Wikileaks following their recent release of US cables.
Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Every DNS have already been hit and Amazon is next after they refused to host WikiLeaks; "Operation Payback" has called for followers to start attacking Amazon this evening.
MasterCard are still working to "restore normal service levels" after the attack, though mercifully, there has been "no impact on our cardholders' ability to use their cards for secure transactions."
An online statement from activists said: "We will fire at anything or anyone that tries to censor WikiLeaks, including multibillion-dollar companies such as PayPal… Twitter, you're next for censoring #WikiLeaks discussion. The major shitstorm has begun."
It seems that, if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is going to have an awkward Christmas, we all might have to suffer one as well.