Mastercard site downed in Wiki revenge attack

The Mastercard web site has been down by a DDoS attack mounted by webwise activist bunch Anonymous, in response - a spokestwitterer - said to the company pulling its services from WikiLeaks.

An announcement on the Anon_Operation Twitter account claimed "WE ARE GLAD TO TELL YOU THAT http://www.mastercard.com/ is DOWN AND IT'S CONFIRMED! Operation: Payback(is a bitch!)"

Or, as AnonyWatcher put it: "There are some things Wikileaks can't do. For everything else, there's Operation Payback."

Mastercard yesterday dumped WikiLeaks, suggesting that the site was engaged in "illegal activities".

Anonymous has also claimed to have brought down the site of the Swedish prosecutor's office seeking to bring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to trial, the BBC reports.

The hacking outift has had a busy week, first bringing down PayPal's blog after that merchant spurned WikiLeaks' business. It also attacked Swiss bank PostFinance, after it froze WikiLeaks' jailed spokesman Julian Assange’s assets.

Assange was yesterday denied bail in a hearing at Westminster Magistates’ court as the judge seemed to think he might run off. Where to? you have to wonder. He has been remanded in custody until 14 December, when he will face an extradition hearing.