Global hacker group “Anonymous” announced its plans Thursday morning to launch a cyberattack on The attack is part of a larger endeavor called “Operation Payback,” which targets the websites of companies the group believes to have impeded WikiLeaks’ efforts to disseminate information. Recent targets include Visa and Mastercard.

Anonymous’ cyberattack on was scheduled to commence at 11:00am Eastern, yet has not experienced any downtime as of 11:20am. As a result, it appears as though the attacks on have been unsuccessful.

UPDATE: Shortly before noon, the group gave up on its plan to attack Instead, it is currently focusing its efforts on Paypal, though the site has not yet gone offline.

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