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Operation Payback Downs Visa, Targets PayPal API

Operation Payback has claimed yet more scalps overnight as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks took down both Visa’s and Sarah Palin’s websites.

The campaign is currently targeting PayPal’s API, and it has been suggested that Mastercard could be next.

Orchestrated by hacktivist group Anonymous, Operation Payback is an ongoing campaign against organisations deemed by the group to be against piracy or free speech.

In a statement (opens in new tab), the group said that Operation Payback “is now directed towards those who employ unfair means to fight WikiLeaks.”

According to Anonymous, Operation Payback targets “morally corrupt” organisations like Mastercard and Visa, which have attacked “WikiLeaks’ supply lines in the ongoing War for Freedom of Information.”

The Telegraph reports (opens in new tab) that the official site of the Swedish government (opens in new tab) was also unreachable for several hours overnight, but is now back up.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (opens in new tab), self proclaimed, and disputed (opens in new tab), spokesperson for the group ‘Coldblood’ said that the campaign is gaining momentum.

He said: "The campaign is not over, it's still going strong. More and more people are joining.”

"I see this as becoming a war - but not a traditional war: this is a war of data,” he added.