Hackers to take down Amazon over Christmas?

9 December 2010

amazon-logoIf 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.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy

9 comments

  • hm
    Old new, they tried today at 4pm and failed. . . . .
  • hm
    yes, old new.
  • Andy
    Could have at least named it operation "ain't payback a b*tch"
  • Aj
    Perhaps they too didn't get what they wanted from black friday.
  • Shooter M.
    They don't take "no" for an answer...a bit like Julian
  • tiny
    They know they can't take on Amazon yet so go for smaller targets - http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2010/12/09/operation-payback-aborts-attack-against-amazon-com.html Did you know Mof Gimmers is an anagram of Mom frigs me?
  • Nobby
    I don't really understand this Anonymous group. They want the internet to be open. Yet they are anonymous. The BBC yesterday interviewed "Coldblood" from the group, yet he insisted on having his face blurred. In the spirit of wikileaks, the BBC should now publish photographs of his face.
  • Darren W.
    I love the fact that the police, and all the enforcement agencies cant find these people yet the BBC manage to have an interview with them
  • they a.
    @ Darren W - I'm sure many in these groups are already known; whether and when to take action is the question. I guess if they succeed in bringing down a large corporate like amazon or papal the authorities will act with public support.

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