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Mark Prigg
London Evening Standard
Dec 10, 2010

Hackers today vowed to disrupt online shoppers on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

The WikiLeaks supporters behind attacks on Visa and Mastercard’s websites said they would step up cyber attacks in a bid to disrupt Christmas shoppers. The group described consumers who could miss out on presents as “bystanders in an infowar”.

It came as police in the Netherlands arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the cyber attacks.

The hacking group, called anonymous, has several thousand members and is believed to be masterminded by a “command team” of about 25 people. One member of the command team, a 21-year-old Canadian computer engineer known as CTFxC, claimed that more than 30,000 computers had been used to launch the attacks.

CTFxC said he was sympathetic to Christmas shoppers, but added: “This is an infowar. In war, there are bystanders that get hit.”

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