SkyNews WikiLeaks: Hackers Now Set Sights On Paypal
WikiLeaks:Hacker Group Anonymous Hacks Credit Cards
Web anarchists supporting WikiLeaks are attempting to bring down Paypal's website after an effort to bring down Amazon.com failed.
Anonymous - the group claiming responsibility for attacks on Mastercard and Visa - targeted the online payment service after Paypal made the decision to stop processing donations to WikiLeaks.
It is the second time this week that hackers have attempted to bring down Paypal.com. But the hackers only managed to "knock them back", not "bring them down".
The latest effort aims to bring the entire site to a standstill.
The group had earlier announced the move on Amazon, but failed when they discovered they did not have the required resources.
Anonymous did, however, reassure supporters that they would return to take down the retailer: "We can not attack Amazon, currently. The previous schedule was to do so, but we don't have enough forces."
The threat came after a series of attacks on websites perceived to be opposing the whistleblower.
And the new attack comes shortly after a spokesman for Anonymous told Sky News that Facebook could be the next target.
Facebook accounts used by Anonymous to co-ordinate its work were deleted, as well as groups it uses to communicate with supporters.
We will find and will attack those who stand against WikiLeaks and we will support WikiLeaks in everything they need.
The hackers claimed victory after attacking Visa, Mastercard and PayPal for withdrawing services from WikiLeaks - and warned Twitter is also a target of Operation: Payback.
Meanwhile, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has met his lawyers for the first time since being held in custody.
It came two days after he was refused bail over sex crime allegations.
Sky sources reported that Assange was in "good spirits" but "wishes he was out".
The Australian was also quick to disassociate his website from the hacking efforts, claiming he "did not ask anyone to hack any companies".
Anon_operation against Visa
In the attack on Visa, supporters were urged to 'get your weapons ready'
Assange and his lawyers will discuss a bid to release him on bail before his December 14 hearing on extradition to Sweden.
Earlier, Anonymous posted on Twitter saying: "Yes, our website is down. Cowardly DNS providers wouldn't accept Anonymous's MasterCard."
The group is also setting its sights on another firm, BP, declaring: "Anonymous is coming for you, @BPGlobalPR. WikiLeaks knows what you have done. They reveal, we retaliate."
Credit card companies and PayPal suspended payments to WikiLeaks after it began releasing secret US diplomatic cables.
John Perry Barlow, the founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said: "The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops."
The target sites have been bombarded with overwhelming numbers of simultaneous, bogus visits - a tactic known as distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.
A screen shot of a web browser displays the WikiLeaks website with a picture of its founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is hoping to be freed on bail
Activitsts urged people to "get your weapons ready" by downloading software from a link posted on Twitter. Supporters were then told to "FIRE FIRE FIRE!!!" at the agreed time to attack the websites.
But it appears Twitter - previously a source of much WikiLeaks support - could now become a target.
The microblogging website has suspended AnonOps' account and been accused of preventing the term "WikiLeaks" from appearing in its trending topics - a claim it has denied.
AnonOps has posted a statement on its website warning: "Twitter you're next for censoring WikiLeaks discussion."
A spokesman for Visa said it was "taking steps to restore the site to full operations".
The MasterCard website is now back online, although it is slow to load. The company said cardholders' payments are "secure".
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at US Senate campaign rally, on October 30, 2010, in Charleston, West Virginia.
Sarah Palin says the leaks are 'un-American'
Other Operation Payback targets have included Swiss bank PostFinance, which froze money belonging to Assange.
In the US, Tea Party figurehead Sarah Palin said her website and credit card details had also been hacked after she criticised Assange.
"This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts," the former governor of Alaska told ABC News.
In a statement, AnonOps - which admits DDOS attack tactics - said: "We will find and will attack those who stand against WikiLeaks and we will support WikiLeaks in everything they need."