Source: BCC

Web attacks on the Mastercard site have disrupted payments, the BBC has learnt.

The site is among several targeted by the Anonymous group of hackers, who have pledged to pursue firms that have withdrawn services from Wikileaks.

Mastercard, which stopped processing payments to the whistle-blowing site, said the attack had had “no impact” on people’s ability to use their cards.

But the BBC has been contacted by a payment firm that said its customers had “a complete loss of service”.

In particular, it said that an authentication service for online payments known as Mastercard’s SecureCode, had been disrupted.

Other readers have also said that have had problems with online payments.

Mastercard has not responded to the claims.

Earlier, Doyel Maitra of the firm, said: “Mastercard is experiencing heavy traffic on its external corporate website – Mastercard.com – but this remains accessible.

“We are working to restore normal speed of service. There is no impact whatsoever on Mastercard or Maestro cardholders’ ability to use their cards for secure transactions.”

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