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: Visa.com 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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Postfinance is not a bank
by bouhko on Wed 8th Dec 2010 15:49 UTC
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2010-06-24

Just to clarify some points about the swiss "bank" that closed Assange's account.
First, this "bank" - Postfinance - is not an actual bank. They don't have a bank license[1], so they don't really have the same rules regarding bank secrecy and stuff.

Now, they closed his account because - unlike real swiss banks - PostFinance REQUIRES its clients to have an address in Switzerland. And Assange gave a false address. They probably just checked it because he suddenly became famous though.
But still, he gave false information. He should have opened an account at UBS or Credit Suisse who are swiss banks that really don't care who has an account (we - unfortunately - have a lot of accounts belonging to dictators and other criminals here in Switzerland).
Not to say that Assange is a criminal, but they don't ask for an address when you open an account there.

I support wikileaks, but I get really pissed of at mainstream media that just report loads of incomplete/false informations.

[1] http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseite/post-konzern/post-publikation...

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