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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RE[2]: Say it isn't so, Thom
by FresheBakked on Wed 8th Dec 2010 18:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Say it isn't so, Thom"
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The US Government - and all Governments, if you like - have the inate right to protect against the public disclosure of sensitive or "Secret" information. The UK has a "Official Secrets Act", as well as many other countries around the world. The US does *not* at this time have such an Act or codified law on the books at this time, due to leftist / liberal members of the US Congress who have repeatedly killed such bills, but this does not mean that the theft and acquisition of items classified as "Secret" is legal...or RIGHT.

Now, let's turn the tables: show me anywhere in US Law that says that it is perfectly legal to steal sensitive or "Secret" information or documentation, or to be in legal posession of sensitive or "Secret" information when you have no such clearance.

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