They’ve successfully targeted MasterCard’s and Visa’s websites, but the coalition of hack-savvy cyber-protesters taking the name Anonymous apparently missed their mark when it came to tripping up monster e-retailer Amazon on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Twitter and Facebook also got into the fray, shutting down Anonymous’ accounts on both social media networks, but the Twitter disruption was reportedly an accident.

The Independent, in this article, takes a step back to analyze the cyber-clash and what it bodes for the future.

Below, The Christian Science Monitor breaks down the multipronged hack attack into a handy list tracking Anonymous’ progress. –KA

Update: Video posted below the excerpt is from Anonymous, describing the goals of and reasons for “Operation Payback.”

The Christian Science Monitor:

Mastercard was the first credit-card company to come under attack by hackers, and attacks on Visa soon followed – both launched in retaliation for the companies’ refusal to process donations to WikiLeaks. At various points Wednesday, parts or all of their websites were down, MSNBC reported.

NPR reported Thursday that WikiLeaks’ payment processor, Iceland’s DataCell ehf, is preparing to sue both companies for their decision to block the funds, which it claimed is costing the company money.

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