Mastercard’s website was down for several hours this morning, and now it appears as though Visa’s is offline as well, as these sites have become the targets of ongoing DDoS attacks.And so the infowar rages on today with these latest shots apparently fired by Anonymous, a vigilante group of hacktivists loosely affiliated with the message board 4chan. Anonymous has been fighting an ongoing crusade dubbed Operation Payback for the last several months. Using distributed denial of services attacks, this group has managed to knock off-line a number of pro-copyright websites, belonging to the likes of the U.S. Trademark Office and musician Gene Simmons. But following the latest series of events surrounding the Wikileaks saga, Anonymous has offered its resources in the service of “payback” against some of the companies that have recently blocked WikiLeaks’ financial resources. PayPal was offline briefly on Monday, as was the website for the Swiss bank that recently froze Julian Assange’s assets there. Today, Mastercard and Visa, both of which have announced that they will block donations to WikiLeaks, were the target. Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “While we don’t have much of an affiliation with WikiLeaks,” a statement on the Anonymous website reads, “we fight for the same reasons. We want transparency and we counter censorship. The attempts to silence WikiLeaks are long strides closer to a world where we can not say what we think and are unable to express our opinions and ideas.”Certainly taking out your political opposition’s websites hardly makes you look like the most ardent defender of all free speech, only some of it. But in further twists in this story of finances, censorship, and free expression, it appears that Datacell, an Icelandic IT company that was processing payments for WikiLeaks’ donations now says it is investigating legal actions it can take since the credit card companies have interfered with its rights to do business. Stay tuned, as this battle seems far from over. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters
England custodian Robert Green’s shocking slip let the unfancied United States draw their Group C game 1-1 here at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. [See photos of the game].America’s Fulham striker Clint Dempsey’s weak shot at the goal in the 40th minute slipped out of Green’s grasp and rolled into the goal, much to England’s horror.Earlier, Steven Gerrard’s strike in the fourth minute had taken England 1-0 up.The game saw the two sides taking 30 shots at the goal, with England taking 18.But England’s strikeforce lead by Wayne Rooney failed to penetrate the tight defences of US custodian Tim Howard, who was deservedly man of the match for his efforts. Earlier in the day, Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 [see pics] after South Korea crushed Greece 2-0 [see pics] to register the first win of the tournament.The last time the two met in a World Cup was in 1950, when the US beat England 1-0 in what is ranked among the biggest upsets in football history.The win was dubbed “Miracle on Grass” since England were the strongest team back then while the US were given a 300-1 chance of winning.