Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
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Completely disagree
by runjorel on Wed 8th Dec 2010 14:32 UTC
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Ok, since this is an opinion piece I am going to get in the brawl.

While I understand and appreciate Wikileaks trying to make the U.S. more transparent and therefore more accountable to the international community, two wrongs don't make a right. This information has been illegally obtained and the information is PRIVATE to the U.S. Government and therefore I don't think it's right (morally or legally) to distribute it.

If someone took all of your personal information and started putting EVERYTHING... every comment you made about someone, every action action you've committed etc., chances are you'd be very upset and fighting to get all of your personal information off. Truthfully, it would be an outrage. Attacking the site holding your information hostage is your only option. What are you going to do call the 'Internet Police'?

Finally, if Wikileaks was making information transparent from all over the world, then I *may* feel a little bit more compassion towards them. But the fact that all they do is attack the U.S. just doesn't seem right. You can't say you are fighting for accountability and transparency and then attack only one entity. Otherwise, they are just a bully.

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