Twitter has suspended the original account of the Anonymous group that has been attacking PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and other institutions that pulled support from WikiLeaks. The suspension came right on the heels of the @Anon_Operation (link to suspended page) Twitter account posting a link to MasterCard credit card numbers according to the Huffington Post.
The Anonymous group has been attacking prominent institutions that they perceive as being anti-WikiLeaks in order to spread their message of free information. They have thus far committed DDoS attacks, resulting in well over 100 combined hours of downtime, on sites including PayPal.com, the PayPal Blog, MasterCard.com, Visa.com, the bank which denied WikiLeaks’ defense fund, the website of Assange’s prosecutors, Joe Lieberman’s website and several others.
It looks like Twitter was keeping a close eye on the Anonymous Twitter account, which was being used to broadcast the group’s next target as well as WikiLeaks related news. It was only a matter of minutes after Anonymous posted a leaked document which included a list of MasterCard numbers that Twitter suspended the account.
The Huffington Post reports that two new Anonymous accounts were set up following the suspension of their main account, @Anon_Operationn and @AnonOperation, but since this morning the latter account has also been suspended. The former account, @Anon_Operationn is still active as of 11AM EST December 9.
Twitter’s suspension came a few days after the company had to defend its trending topics algorithm after the media began questioning why WikiLeaks hadn’t trended, with some speculating that it might be censorship.
In response to an email from the Huffington Post about this suspension, Twitter replied that it had “no on-the-record comment on the actions we take on specific user accounts.”