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Facebook and Twitter have begun shutting down the accounts of WikiLeaks supporters, used to coordinate hacker attacks on websites critical of the whistleblowing site, world media said.

Facebook and Twitter have begun shutting down the accounts of WikiLeaks supporters, used to coordinate hacker attacks on websites critical of the whistleblowing site, world media said.

The social networking sites said a group called Anonymous coordinated a series of attacks against websites of companies that acted against controversial WikiLeaks.

The so-called Operation Payback targeted a number of multi-national companies, including MasterCard and Visa, which recently announced they would no longer process donations to Wikileaks.

Facebook said that such accounts violate terms of use of the website, while Twitter has not yet commented on the move.

The whistleblowing site recently published part of over 250,000 secret U.S. embassy cables. WikiLeaks came under increasing international pressure after the publication, but world leaders have tried to downplay the adverse impact of the leak.

MOSCOW, December 9 (RIA Novosti)

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