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Mastercard is feeling the wrath of the internet this afternoon - its website and at least part of its payment systems have apparently been brought down by a denial of service attack. The credit card company is being typically cryptic - its most recent statement said only that it is "is experiencing heavy traffic on its …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It will take time

    Eventually these hackers will go to prison. It's just a matter of time.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Plausible deniability

      I expect them to simply defend by saying "My PC is a zombie working for a botnet", which in fact might actually be true, as some of the attacks use LCDS, which amounts to "voluntary botnet". And most of these guys are probably using botnets anyway; if the authorities haven't been able to get the ones actually doing scams or pushing penis pills, how would they be able to get a bunch of teens doing it for the lulz?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Grenade

        Scammers

        The reason they "can not" stop scammers is because they do not care. No corporations lose money, only a few human resources lose some or all their money.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @AC

        >>"I expect them to simply defend by saying "My PC is a zombie working for a botnet", which in fact might actually be true, as some of the attacks use LCDS, which amounts to "voluntary botnet"."

        That *might* work.

        Unless, of course, their [seized] PC has any kind of trail leading to 4chan, or someone does a bit of pre-snooping on their net connection before calling round at their house, or there are already records of them having joined in previous attacks.

        If may well be that the chances of any individual being caught are low, though I'd suspect that if even a handful of people were done for participation in an attack, that might significantly reduce everyone else's keenness to join in next time.

        Especially if there may well be records hanging around from previous times.

        >>"...if the authorities haven't been able to get the ones actually doing scams or pushing penis pills, how would they be able to get a bunch of teens doing it for the lulz?"

        Maybe the authorities would actually care more if big businesses actually did get meaningfully inconvenienced.

        And presumably with the various scams, they're generally run via proper botnets on innocent people's PCs (not generally worth tracking down), rather than involving people reckless enough to do things from their own home.

      3. Aaron Em

        Two reasons

        1) The ones doing scams and pushing penis pills are at least half-bright; and

        2) The teens doing it for the lulz really aren't.

        I don't know about this LCDS thing I haven't been able to dig up a copy of yet, but LOIC doesn't even have a clue about the existence of such things as proxies, which means anyone who wants to find its users need do no more than turn 'netstat' output into a list of subpoenas, and the US ISP which will do anything with a subpoena other than immediately comply has yet to come into existence.

        And if you downloaded a copy of LOIC, figured out how to use it, and did so, then you're going to have a hell of a time making the "OMG zombie" argument -- DAs might be ignorant, okay, but they can hire professionals to be not-ignorant for them.

      4. Scorchio!!

        Logs

        Except that the logs will show they downloaded the software which turned their machines into a slave. It may simply be that their connections will not work one day and that they will be black listed. Understandable. If they assist a man and organisation who are publishing stolen secrets they can expect this.

    2. nigel 15

      I doubt it

      they aren't hackers. they just download a tool like Low orbit ion canon. and point it at the website.

      but there are in the order of 1000 people taking part in the attack. i find it hard to believe that that many people are going to pokey.

      personally i think it serves mastercard right. freedom has a price. who are they to tell me to whom i can donate my money????????

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        The KKK had more than 1000 people taking part in attacks

        when they were at their peak. Government started targeting them and taking them down. Same thing should happen this time. And on the same grounds: conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor is a felony.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Millions coming your way!

      You've got some way to tell the difference between a random user and a harasser? Wow, all the big companies must be lining up to talk to you!

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Down

      RE: It will take time

      "Eventually these hackers will go to prison. It's just a matter of time."

      A couple of road bumps in this theory;

      1. The 20 PC's in National Police E-Crime Unit have more important things to worry about (e.g. multi-million crimes that are funding terrorism, org crime, etc.)

      2. The number of CMA90 charges raised by the police in the last 20 years are next to naff all, i.e. they can't catch computer criminals

      3. The number of convictions managed by CPS on computer cases is laughable, as they regularly mess up evidence collection and presentation

      4. Even if somehow they get there men this time!, you still have to convince a jury to convict, and as the BAE Hawk criminal damage trial shows, Jury's can have a mind of their own regardless of any iron clad evidence.

      So whilst we wish you where right in your assumption that UK Plod can catch them, I will be highly surprised if they do.

      .

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @AC

        >>"So whilst we wish you where right in your assumption that UK Plod can catch them, I will be highly surprised if they do."

        There are more plods in the world than just the UK ones.

        I'm sure there are people in the USA happy to make an example out of a few misguided youths, or to grab an adult they can portray as a dangerous anarchist leading their poor kids astray.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @AC 23:36

        "So whilst we wish you where right in your assumption that UK Plod can catch them, I will be highly surprised if they do."

        Possibly, but if they go after people for dicking around with Call of Duty....

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-11961333

    5. Doug Glass
      Go

      Uh Huh

      Or mommy and daddy will kick them out of the basement.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    neh...

    sorry but to be honest just attacking the website is worthless. if one thought it through the company should had been attacked where it gets its money from. namely point of sale or application proccess which are worth few mill a day and then some. after that constant attacks on record keeping both physical as well as electronic. but hey its too much to do and away from the keyboard which will require *gasp* doing some physical excercise. but hey it is common sense and goals are too hard so we can all just have a good laugh over useless gestures.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Its is attacking the payment systems

      This is going to cost Mastercard hard cash.

      It may well cost Visa and Master card a lot more. They have exploited their duopoly for US political interests, demonstrating that they are under the control of the US government. Wikileaks, for all its dubious nature, is not illegal and its processing company has already complained about this. Never mind a independent GPS system, Europe needs a credit card payment system outside the control of the US government (China, I notice , already does - UnionPay).

      1. Aaron Em

        It is not, either

        Merchant processors and merchants worldwide are reporting inability to access MasterCard's web gateways for accounts management, dispute/arbitration submission, et cetera -- a lot of administrative processes which will be held up a day or two, until the /b/tards get bored and wander away to dribble all over something else for a while.

        This is not at all the same thing as MasterCards not working when they're swiped through POS terminals. If that were what was going on, the whole damn world would be screaming its head off, and half the /b/tards would already have been v& because they're mostly too stupid to know what proxies are for.

      2. NemoWho
        Coat

        Have no fear...

        ...whatever the costs incurred by Visa and Mastercard, they won't pay cash. They'll just put it on their American Express! Circle of life....

        Mine's the one with the platinum-lined pockets.

      3. Tom 13

        The only bit you got right is that it is going to cost hard cash.

        Which is why this, unlike previous attacks launched by 4chan will be pursued by competent investigators.

  3. The BigYin

    3D Secure is off-line?

    Good. That service really sucks balls. I have actually abandoned purchases because sites force me to use that pile of vomit.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Stop

      Anonym-arse

      Well I for one am well fucked off. Had to abandon a long and utterly tedious purchase of xmas pressies from an overseas company when my transaction couldn't be processed.

      As it's always the last step this was especially irritating. Bunch of scrotes.

      Anon to prevent being added to the list of targets, natch.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        FAIL

        Ordering from abroad.

        You're ordering Christmas presents from abroad with 12 working days left and you expect them to arrive on time?

        Unless you send an email direct to Santa you have no chance.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    keys, filing cabinet

    breaking news:

    Anonymous DDOS's entire internet, unable to login to switch it off

    1. Scorchio!!

      Re: keys, filing cabinet

      Let's see if we can beat Obama to it:

      http://www.turnofftheinternet.com/

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    Annoying little tweets....

    Quick, someone from Twitter announce they are disconnecting JA.....

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Black Helicopters

      They're already on them

      It seems that Anon already has Twitter on its sights...

  6. -tim

    ddos old tech?

    They will take out Senator Lieberman's personal site as soon as they can figure out how to DDOS the printing press.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Who pays?

    Mastercard is owned by banks and so is Visa. There are a few shares of each but most are still held by banks that are worried about the next release.

  8. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    @neh...

    It's in the news, which means that the story that MC blocked wiki is also in the news which means people are talking about whether the US government leans on international companies for it's own political reasons.

    Which is worthwhile - but don't worry there will be another royal wedding or popidol winner along in a moment to restore the news cycle.

    1. Aaron Em

      "whether the US government leans on international companies for it's own political reasons"

      Oh, only about as often as the sun comes up in the morning, or there's a spell of damp weather at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    they should not have bowed to political pressure

    They would have been wiser to have kept their noses out.

    Wikileaks has not been proven to have broken any laws in the U.S. yet..

    They are also going to be sued by the Icelandic payment company Datacell for freezing these transactions:

    http://www.datacell.com/news.php

    They deserve all they get for bowing down to fascist political pressure.

    anonymous of course, because it is the theme of the day..

    1. Scorchio!!

      Irrelevant

      US government secrets are being released by Wikileaks. It makes sense for any organisation or group of individuals so attacked to self defend. Anyone expecting or exhorting otherwise is either not thinking very efficiently or engaging in duplicity and bad rhetoric. If you pinch a rat's tail it will bite.

      1. andy, bacup
        Happy

        stable door, horse?

        No. US government secrets are being made public by Wikileaks. They have been indiscriminately released to over 3 million people by the US. What are the odds that foreign governments haven't had much of this information for months or years? Should one small cog be able to grab so much without someone asking why until after it is made public? If you *can* pinch a rat's tail then more fool it for letting you.

        1. Scorchio!!

          Dictionary

          This must be some new definition of the word 'theft' that is not in the sophisticated dictionary. No, the data were stolen, are the property of various governments, and those who stole them will suffer the consequences, ditto those self appointed exhibitionists currently parading them. It's inevitable, no matter what sophistry you attempt to employ, and it is going to hit some pretty silly people hard, in the face. The amusing thing is that there is practically no government they have not annoyed. Thus most governments in the world have cause to smack them hard.

          As I said before, I have ordered the popcorn. For the next few weeks and months it is going to be a matter of 'with a magazine of x rounds watch and shoot, watch and shoot'. The longer it goes on, the more damage they do, the more severe the retaliation. A frigging child could work that out, though evidently you have not.

          1. moiety

            The data are

            ...the property of the populace who pay for it, surely?

            1. Scorchio!!

              Property

              Certainly not the property of Assange et al., plus there are certain things that a state keeps secret in the cause of defence and security. There a lot of citizens bright enough to understand the concept of security. For example, at this precise moment the UK is being targeted by large numbers of Russian spies. This is being countered, that is to say the property of the nation, its classified information, is being kept out of their hands.

  10. Mike Richards Silver badge

    In related news...

    ...you can still use Mastercard to donate to the Ku Klux Klan and the British National Party. (But please don't).

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      and NORAID

      But of course there was no such thing as terrorism in the UK before 7/7 was there?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Thumb Up

        Terrorism in the UK?

        I suspect this is why the UK public were less inclined to swallow some of Blair's more ridiculous spewings after 9/11. We already had a number of professional and experienced terrorist groups working in the UK, the IRA for a start, who were funded at least in part from US Irish immigrants, and people were less inclined to surrender any more liberties because a bunch of badly trained ad-hoc groups of not terribly deep thinkers.

        The 7/7 bomb was a tradegy, with 52 deaths (I'm not counting the 4 suicide bombers like the Wikipedia article does, cos thats stupid), however, the IRA was regularly killing hundreds of people a year in the 70's and early 80's.

        I remember then 7/7 happened, certain idiots in the US were saying "Well now they know what its like".

        Amusing, because 9/11 happened, I remember people where i used to live in warrington were saying something not entirely dissimilar.

    2. Tam Lin

      Another please don't

      You can also donate - 100% tax free within the US, of course - to fund Suzerain Lieberman's primary home in the Israeli settlements.

  11. nigel 15
    Happy

    Downed by Anon or Everyone Checking to See.

    I do often wonder if it's really anon that took the site down or if it's all the news articles about the attack prompting people to go and check if it's still up.

    i've been to the site a dozen times today and i've never been there before. i can't be the only one.

    either way funny.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      me too

      I have also been trying all afternoon to get on to their site - just to see if the reports of it "Mastercard is experiencing heavy traffic on its external corporate website - Mastercard.com - but this remains accessible."

      I've been trying from at least 10 offices all day - hitting refresh constantly just to see if the site really is available.... so far no luck :-(

      They deserve every bit of this -- why should Mastercard be deciding who we donate money to?

      Anyway their 3-D secure system is utter rubbish..i have to reset my password for it every time I use it and often just abandon any online purchases once faced with it.

      1. Scorchio!!

        Illicit logical operation

        Mastercard are not deciding to whom you pay your money, merely whether or not they are prepared to be accessories. Go and donate it by hand why don't you?

  12. peyton?
    Joke

    Behold the power of Teh Reg

    First there's an article about Anon not hitting Paypal where it hurts...

    Next an article about how you can rent a botnet for $50 a day...

    Now Mastercard is down? hmm....

    1. 4.1.3_U1

      Paying for it

      At least you can use paypal/visa/mc to rent your botnet nowadays.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In other news:

    The U.S. Anounces worldl press freedom day. LOL

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    So who thought 3D Secure worked Anyway?

    Nice, A DDoS attack that is probably improving bank security by taking 3D Secure offline.

    If confused, have a read of the paper by Ross Anderson, et al below;

    Veri ed by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode: or, How Not to Design Authentication

    www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/fc10vbvsecurecode.pdf

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Grenade

    Contracts, evasion and violation

    Would be interesting to know if Visa are complying with all the relevant banking and credit card rules, in addition to their contract terms, when they unilaterlly decide not to take payments from customers and forward the money to the desiginated accounts?

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Unhappy

    with friends like these...

    These guys are really going to garner public support for wikileaks by pissing off people trying to do Christmas shopping.

    Even if MC/Paypap/whoever -deserve- to be hit, it's short-sighted and counterproductive to attack them. It just gives more ammo to people who want to cast wikileaks as a criminal (or at least complicit) organization. Well done, Anonymous - you've handed you enemies a victory on a silver platter!

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Freedom of speech is priceless

    For everything else, there's Mastercard

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Pint

    MasterCard SecureCode

    Please be advised that MasterCard SecureCode Support has detected a service disruption to the MasterCard Directory Server. The Directory Server service has been failed over to a secondary site however customers may still be experiencing intermittent connectivity issues. More information on the estimated time of recovery will be shared in due course.

    1. Scorchio!!

      Heh

      "Hmm, mastercard.com isn't loading right now.

      The computers that run mastercard.com are having some trouble. Usually this is just a temporary problem, so you might want to try again in a few minutes.

      Want more detail? See which nameservers are failing."

  19. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Interesting

    Can't seem to get to Mastercard. Putting a query on Paypal's site about them withholding Wikileaks funds returns an error message.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    As a beliver in assisting...

    Because I have found Master Crud, Visa Crud and Poo Pal sites so hard to access, I just set my Firefox browser to use the extension / add - on called "Reload Every", and it reloads every 10 seconds.... 24 hours a day, seven days a week - until the websites resume service.....

    I won't let Anonymous block me from their sites.....

    Memories of the Lad Vampire and the Dodgy Bank from Lago's come into existance....

  21. Doug Glass
    Go

    Just Spoiled Kids ....

    ... throwing rocks. Like all the rest, they'll tire of the process and go back to digging burrows or whatever. There's only the appearance fleeting organization and it won't last. The kiddies just don't have the attention span or the dedication.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    Any alternative?

    Paypal and Mastercard. If one does not want to use them for net purchases what is the alternative?

    1. Goat Jam
      Big Brother

      Amex

      but there are fewer places accepting that overpriced crud every day, so the truth is you are SOL my friend.

      Welcome to capitalism, the home of freedom and choice!

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @peyton

    Strange, I thought the cheapest way of DDOSing a site was to get an interesting article put togeather, and get it up on /.

  24. Frank Fisher
    Thumb Up

    Stainless steel rats.

    Good, do it. Take them down. Okay, it's hard to judge who really are the good guys in this world, but it's a lot easier to spot the bag guys - and Mastercard, Visa, Paypal have behaved badly - there can be no debate. They have acted without legal process, after being leant on by the US govt, basically applying US law worldwide. Assange may not be whiter than white, but seeing who is lined up against him, I pick his side.

    I hear now that if the banks dont' stop screwing around with wikileaks funding, 4chan say they're going to cancel christmas - take it all down in the last shopping week. Mmmmm.

    This year's rage against the machine is... raging against the machine.

    1. david wilson

      @Frank Fisher

      >>"Assange may not be whiter than white, but seeing who is lined up against him, I pick his side."

      Because, of course, there are only ever two sides, and everyone has to pick one.

      And to think that many people laughed at the inanity of Dubya's 'If you're not with us, you're against us'.

      I guess he must have been right all along.

      1. Goat Jam
        Paris Hilton

        The third side?

        Apathy?

  25. JaitcH
    Alert

    Financial systems own goals: credibility down the drain

    Financial institutions depend on trust, whatever there is left after the Wall Street frauds, where a person trusts a financial agent to perform a duty without fear or favour and transmit money to a second party.

    By claiming Assange / Wikileaks / whomever has broken a law - no U.S. laws have been infringed by Wikileaks - and refusing to perform their advertised service, the financial institutions are simply destroying their credibility, particularly since they still perform services to people infringing the law in other matters.

    I frequently use 'ethnic' money transfer services, which are not banks and were declared to be 'aiding terrorism' by Bush, as I can transfer any amount of money - as in thousands of dollars - to a different country knowing it will be DELIVERED to the payee, as in to their door, the next day, 7 days a week.

    Never been cheated, never been refused and never had to discuss the 'lawfulness' of my payee.

    1. Scorchio!!

      Theft

      If someone finds, picks up and takes home a million pounds they are guilty, in the UK (and US AIUI), of theft. Assange et al. have, one way or another, found, been given/etcetera, a vast amount of sensitive/confidential/secret information. They have broken laws in distributing it. These claims that no offence(s) has(ve) been committed are disingenuous, and they will not save this creeps from the much deserved fate that awaits them.

      I suspect that a number of options are in play, including taking down the companies hosting the data, tracing the various sources and isolating them from the net in various ways. To claim they are only trying to save the world using these techniques is risible and unrealistic. What they are doing is releasing the diplomatic and intelligence assessments of various countries by one another, at a time when various theatres are in a condition of instability.

      The claim that there are no confidential data and no one will be hurt is the most fantastic and insightless of claims to make, inasmuch that to prove a negative one must run through all possible permutations of all possible things. Even that notwithstanding I see no appropriate specialisations here on the part of those making such claims.

      The law of unforeseen consequences hangs over this situation, and Assange et al. have to be barking mad if they really believe that no one is going to deal with them, because clearly someone is, and quite a lot of the dealing is going to be very unpleasant. Be sure of that. If your immediate internal response leads you to consider a childish response, just bear in mind that it is a good idea to work with reality rather than against it. There is a tendency to suffer much less pain that way.

  26. alien anthropologist
    Grenade

    WTF...

    ..do you commentards, criticising these attacks, then suggest be done by those that want to protest how Wikileaks are being treated?

    Come on.. accepting payments to the KKK and not Wikileaks? Shutting down payments because of US government pressure? There is no friggen way that you can ever justify that.

    So, some/many want to protest. Just how do you suggest they protest? And protest is such a way that the message being conveyed is not ignored? And yes, even "hurts".

    For the common working man, that is called going on strike. And yes, strikes are designed to hurt the employer. Does it make strikes wrong? Not in any western country I know of - striking is protected in the labour act that gives employees the right to strike.

    Personally, I dislike DDoS attacks as much as the next man. But at the same time I can't think of any other way of a meaningful global protest against Visa, Mastercard and others, bowing to the pressure of the government of the US of A.. over their failure to protect their secrets and dirty laundry.

    1. david wilson

      @alien anthropologist

      "Personally, I dislike DDoS attacks as much as the next man. But at the same time I can't think of any other way of a meaningful global protest against Visa, Mastercard and others,"

      Maybe people could tear up their credit cards and just use cash?

      Though, of course, that *would* make it harder for them to order nice shiny things off the internet, and we can't expect the deeply principled net generation to actually inconvenience themselves (the way someone would if going on strike) if there's any way they think they can protest without actually sacrificing anything.

      1. Scorchio!!

        Cash

        Indeed, the 'deeply principled' net generation do love to order shiny new toys online. There is a lot to be said for, wherever possible, using cash since this minimises the digital footprint. For those priceless things there is of course credit, but I have only used credit cards where necessary, and the recent débâcle shows the wisdom of using them with care.

      2. alien anthropologist
        Flame

        @david wilson

        > "Maybe people could tear up their credit cards and just use cash?"

        The idea is to hit back at Mastercard/Visa due to their actions against Wikileaks. Not for Joe Public to cut off their noses in order to spite Mastercard/Visa.

        Seems to me some here is totally missing the bigger picture. It is about refusing financial web services to a web site that has NOT broken any laws. Simply because a government does not "like" that web site. That a is fricken large brush being waved around and every single web site on the net can become a target.

        Some tards here will of course argue that laws have been broken.. But lets forget for a moment about opinion and look at facts.

        Not a single charge has been laid in any court of law in the world over the actions of Wikileaks (and several large papers).

        What is more, similiar situations have occurred in the past inside the US, winded up in court, and the US Government lost. Thus there is a precedent that says that the laws have not been broken by Wikileaks, or the papers participating with Wikileaks,

        So what - just apply some lube and tell the US Government "please go ahead and fuck us up the backside where and when you like" ?

        Or do something about it? Should that something be DDoS attacks? I've always dislikes DoS - but I do not see any alternative to clearly demonstrate to companies like Mastercard that it is not in their best interest to suck US Government appendages.

        1. david wilson

          @alien anthropologist

          >>"The idea is to hit back at Mastercard/Visa due to their actions against Wikileaks. Not for Joe Public to cut off their noses in order to spite Mastercard/Visa."

          Oh - forgive me.

          I thought you were talking about people actually making a sacrifice, like legal strikers, who are at least giving up something of value themselves to show everyone how committed they are, as well as causing inconvenience by legally withdrawing their labour.

          I realise now that you were actually talking about people just trying to cause disruption without actually taking any responsibility or making any sacrifices.

          Rather than strikers, perhaps a better analogy would have been people who burn down their workplace at night, and then turn up next day pretending they had nothing to do with it and expecting to get paid.

          Except that in this case, it's actually people attacking things they don't really have a connection with because they have a simplistic, juvenile "Goodies vs. Baddies" view of reality.

          *That's* the sort of noble, principled stand that really gets people's causes respected.

    2. Scorchio!!

      Re: Re: WTF

      >..do you commentards, criticising these attacks, then suggest be done by those that want to

      >protest how Wikileaks are being treated?

      Nope. Thieves, spies and other dangerous creatures ought to be in receipt of appropriate punishment, and believe me theirs has yet to come. As in "I did not vote for the self appointed so-called guardian of international public morales, J Assange and I want him nicked".

      HTH

      HAND

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    Taking the power back

    Good on them for sticking it to the man 1 bot at a time. I for one applaud the backlash against these massvie qausi government international hyper-organisations.

    If this is what it takes to make an impact on an insular and protected gang of toffs then so be it.

  28. ItsMeInnit?
    Grenade

    Mastercard payments

    I can confirm that it's not just Oz payments that are down. I've had problems making payments and speaking to a uk based web vendor they couldn't process mastercard payments for a significant time yesterday and the day before.

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Grenade

    DDoS tactics

    Firstly: a lot of people each refreshing their browser page every couple of minutes isn't exactly an individually malicious activity, but it makes one hell of a DDoS (Just ask the BBC how badly they were hit on 9/11 and 7/7)

    Secondly: Whilst there is a mountain of cash being spent on amouring up webfarms against this kind of thing, the fact of the matter is that directly targetting the routers feeding them will make an entire network unreachable in short order. The Undernet IRC system was utterly crippled and companies put out of business when the skiddies did this in 2000-2001.

    What Anonymous are doing at the moment barely scratches the surface of what CAN be done.

    Its just as well your typical Anonymous denizen detests IRC skiddies and their tactics.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @AC

      "Its just as well your typical Anonymous denizen detests IRC skiddies and their tactics."

      Is that a polite way of saying that the typical denizen doesn't have a clue?

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