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Hackers Target WikiLeaks 'Enemies': Mastercard , Twitter, Paypal , Even FoxNews.com

In an unprecedented assault described variously as civil disobedience or criminal hacking, supporters of WikiLeaks struck out Wednesday at perceived enemies of the site and its jailed founder Julian Assange, launching hack attacks against MasterCard, Swedish prosecutors, and others -- and promising future attacks against Twitter, PayPal and even FoxNews.com.The "hacktivists," operating under the label Operation: Payback , claimed responsibility in a Twitter message for causing the outages at MasterCard, which pulled the plug on its relationship with WikiLeaks on Tuesday. An online poster put out by the campaign makes its goals explicit ."We will fire at anyone or anything that tries to censor WikiLeaks, including multi-billion dollar companies such as PayPal. Twitter, you're next for censoring #wikileaks discussion." "The major shittstorm has begun," the poster reads. MasterCard was the first to experience issues. The site remains disabled following attacks, though the company would no...

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