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Visa drops U.S. payment handler after breach

Global Payments on Monday said that Visa has dropped the US-based payment processor after data from as many as 1.5 millioncredit cards was looted from its system. The word came as credit card titans Visa and MasterCard scrambled to thwart cyber crooks who snatched a massive trove of valuable account data. The card industry was jolted…

Visa again blockades WikiLeaks’ credit card donations

U.S. credit card provider Visa said Thursday that a payment processor in Iceland briefly opened the floodgates to donations to secrets outlet WikiLeaks, so they took the necessary steps to close them again. Icelandic payments processor DataCell had said the blockade was lifted yesterday after months of stalling from Visa…

Credit card donations to WikiLeaks possible again: DataCell

REYKJAVIK — Seven months after Visa and MasterCard blocked credit card payments to WikiLeaks, donating to the whistleblower website using plastic became possible again on Thursday, its data hosting service provider said. “Today (Thursday) we have observed that an alternative payment processor that we have contracted with, has in fact…

WikiLeaks prepares to sue Visa and MasterCard

WikiLeaks announced on Friday evening that it and service provider Datacell intend to sue Visa and MasterCard in Europe “for engaging in an unlawful, U.S. influenced, financial blockade.” The two credit card services blocked all payments to WikiLeaks last December, claiming that their “rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly…

Hackers take down MasterCard.com a second time

The website of credit card provider MasterCard was taken offline Tuesday morning, apparently by hacker activists trying to make a statement about the financial blockade of anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. MasterCard, along with Visa, PayPal, Bank of America and Western Union, have all decided to withhold funds from WikiLeaks, and the…

VISA launching ‘digital wallet’ for U.S. banks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visa Inc, the world’s largest credit and debit card processing network, is building a digital wallet that people can use to pay for things online or with their phones instead of with traditional cards. The network said on Wednesday it is working with several large U.S.…

Iceland may ban MasterCard, Visa over WikiLeaks censorship

Credit card companies that prevented card-holders from donating money to the secrets outlet WikiLeaks could have their operating licenses taken away in Iceland, according to members of the Icelandic Parliamentary General Committee. Representatives from Mastercard and Visa were called before the committee Sunday to discuss their refusal to process donations…

Hacktivists’ posting of credit card numbers a fake, MasterCard says

UPDATE: MasterCard says a list of purported credit card numbers released by pro-WikiLeaks hacktivists is not genuine. “Those are not MasterCard numbers,” company spokesman Chris Montero told Raw Story. Montero said that MasterCard numbers all begin with a “5.” Raw Story’s copy of the list does not appear to include…

Palin the latest target as ‘all-out cyber war’ breaks out over WikiLeaks; Twitter shuts down Operation Payback

UPDATE V: Twitter has blocked the account of Operation Payback, the hacktivist group that has been cyber-attacking groups and individuals working against WikiLeaks, according to sources citing NBC. Operation Payback raised the stakes in the battle over WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange when it began attacking credit card providers Visa and MasterCard…

MasterCard, Visa shut down electronic donations to WikiLeaks

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Mobile payments firm Xipwire, Inc. steps up to aid WikiLeaks The Philadelphia, PA-based mobile payments firm Xipwire, Inc. said Tuesday that it would act as an intermediary for WikiLeaks after the world’s largest credit card providers halted all electronic donations to the non-profit media outlet. “We do think…

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