Just not long when LulzSec announced the retirement from the cybercrime scene, big companies might start to feel a little safer except for but not MasterCard. Their website was taken down on the 28th of June in the morning. The hacker who took down the MasterCard website was some user in Twitter with the username ‘Ibom Hactivist’.
At the time 7:00 a.m., the hacker twitted “MasterCard.com DOWN!!! That’s what you get when you mess with @wikileaks @Anon_Central”. It is again some sort of a repeat of Sony data breach where the good guy starting to mess with the bad guys and this is the outcome. However, what we know is that only the MasterCard website is taken down.
How MasterCard Website Was Taken Down
The website was not accessible for almost three hours and came back online at 9:45 a.m. Based on the hacker’s tweets, they somewhat launched a denial-of-service attack to the website. Reason is that they wanted to protest for MasterCard’s refusal to process the payments of WikiLeaks supporter last fall.
This is not the first time MasterCard’s website was attacked. Back in the early December of 2010, Anonymous already executed an attack to MasterCard website. However, this group had already move away from hounding those WikiLeaks defractors and began to switch their hacking theme to some theme called “Arab Spring” where they then began to target websites in Tunisia, Egypt and Iran. With LulzSec calling off from the hacking scene, will this group of hacktivist set to replace them after the take down of MasterCard website?