'Hackers threaten cyber war to avenge Wikileaks'

Credit card companies, Swedish government, Lebanese newspaper all hit by hackers working as a part of "Operation Payback."

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 9, 2010 15:05
2 minute read.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Wikileaks Julian Assange. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Computer hackers warned on Thursday that they are planning cyber attacks to avenge the attempts to shut down Wikileaks, hours after major websites worldwide were shut down.

Hacker group "1-Cyber" told Reuters that it is planning a "data war" in retaliation for Wikileak's treatment.

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Swedesh newspaper Aftonbladet reported on Thursday that the Swedish government's web site stopped working overnight Wednesday. The Swedish prosecutor's office as well as the lawyer for the two women who complained of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's sexual misconduct were also cyber-attacked.

On Thursday, Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar claimed to be under attack from WikiLeaks, as its web site became inaccessible.

WikiLeaks' payment processor to sue card companies

WikiLeaks' payment processor says it is preparing to sue credit card companies Visa and MasterCard over their refusal to process donations.

The statement by Iceland's DataCell ehf comes as Internet payment company PayPal says it will return the funds frozen in WikiLeaks' account to the foundation that was fundraising for it.

It isn't yet clear where or when such a lawsuit would be heard. DataCell CEO Andreas Fink told The Associated Press that he would seek to have his case heard in a court in London, where Visa Europe Ltd. is based.

Fink said in an e-mail that "it is simply ridiculous to think WikiLeaks has done anything criminal." Visa and MasterCard have not immediately returned e-mails seeking comment.


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