Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hackers today shut down MasterCard Worldwide's website and disrupted cardholders' payments

Hackers today shut down MasterCard Worldwide's website and disrupted cardholders' payments in retaliation for the Purchase, N.Y.-based card association cutting off donations to WikiLeaks.

Hackers from around the world launched a coordinated "denial of service" attack on MasterCard at the height of the holiday spending season. MasterCard is the world's second-largest card association behind Visa.

MasterCard acknowledged the effects of the cyber attack in a terse four-line statement:

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.

 

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