"Sky News Online was redirected to the search engine Bing when it tried to access Visa.
Anon_Operation had given an hour's notice that it would take down the Visa website as part of Operation Payback, a campaign against companies that have withdrawn services from the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
It urged supporters to "get your weapons ready" then "FIRE FIRE FIRE!!!"
SkyNews - Hacktivists Attack Visa Website
FP Tech Desk: Hackers supporting WikiLeaks target Visa
"(update 5:04pm EST the Visa.com website has now been offline for more than one hour)
(update 4:31pm EST the Operation Payback Facebook page has just been removed by Facebook)
(update 4:14pm EST the Canadian Visa.ca address appears to be working while the main Visa.com address remains offline)
(update 4:04pm EST the Visa website – both the .com domain and the Canadian .ca address – are fully inaccessible. A DDoS attack appears to be underway, as promised)
After successfully taking down the MasterCard website Wednesday morning on behalf of WikiLeaks, the same group of hackers brought down the Visa website on Wednesday afternoon."
"Updated | 5:11 p.m. A group of Internet activists took credit for crashing the Visa.com Web site on Wednesday afternoon, hours after they launched a similar attack on MasterCard. The cyber attacks, by activists who call themselves Anonymous, are aimed at punishing companies that have acted to stop the flow of donations to WikiLeaks in recent days.
The group explained that its distributed denial of service attacks — in which they essentially flood Web sites site with traffic to slow them down or knock them offline — were part of a broader effort called Operation Payback, which began as a way of punishing companies that attempted to stop Internet file-sharing and movie downloads.
Visa’s Web site went offline minutes after the attack began and has not yet returned to service, an hour later.
On Twitter, the activists behind Operation Payback celebrated the apparent success of their attack on Visa’s Web site, writing: “IT’S DOWN! KEEP FIRING!!! #DDOS #PAYBACK #WIKILEAKS.”
New York Times - ‘Operation Payback’ Attacks Move on to Visa
I wonder how the oligarchs that run our planet are going to react to someone f*ing with their financial system?