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10 December 2010 Last updated at 13:39 ET 'Coldblood', a member of the group Anonymous, tells Jane Wakefield why he views its attacks on Visa and Mastercard as defence of Wikileaks.
People hold images of Julian Assange in front of their faces at a demonstration in Brisbane, Australia.
By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER And CARI TUNA The computer attacks against Visa Inc., V +0.70% PayPal and other companies that cut off ties with WikiLeaks are testing businesses' digital preparedness for what has become a high-stakes cyber war. Moments after a manifesto saying "PayPal is the enemy" surfaced Sunday on blogs, PayPal's chief information security officer, Michael Barrett, moved his team "into red alert status," including at the company's operations nerve center in San Jose, Calif. Brian Frank for The Wall Street Journal
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9 December 2010 Last updated at 09:10 ET The cyber attack affected online players of Call of Duty
In a Web 2.0 twist in the ongoing attempts to punish Visa, Mastercard, Amazon and PayPal for cutting off donations to WikiLeaks, those seeking revenge by turning their computers into a traffic-flooding zombie no longer even have to download software.