Mastercard toppled in WikiLeaks revenge attack

Credit card behemoth MasterCard has had its main web portal disabled by an attack by an upstart in the hacktivism world.

Mastercard.com was taken down by yet another distributed denial of service attack which uses overwhelming amounts of junk traffic to make servers fall over.

Considering the amount of traffic you would assume MasterCard's infrastructure should be capable of handling, the latest attack claimed on Twitter by someone calling himself ibomhackivist must have been pretty widespread.

The Twitter message reads:

MasterCard.com DOWN!!!, thats what you get when you mess with @wikileaks @Anon_Central and the enter community of lulz loving individuals :D

With LulzSec apparently hanging up its hacking hat, Ryan Cleary languishing in a London Gaol, and Anonymous' leading lights cowering behind the curtains waiting for the FBI to bash their back doors in, it was only a matter of time before some other attention-seeking teenager stuck his head above the parapet.

It's not the first time MasterCard has been a target in the recent spate of attacks. Anonymous caused the credit company no end of grief earlier this year after it refused to process donations to whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.