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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Juvenile
by Hae-Yu on Wed 8th Dec 2010 19:05 UTC
Hae-Yu
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2006-01-12

Thom, I normally agree with you, but in this regard, your response is simply uninformed.

These are private entities acting in that capacity. If they dislike and disapprove of the way that a customer is (mis)using their services, they have the right to cut them off. OTOH, they have NO obligation to provide services to any- and everyone.

Dissenting groups have the right to boycott these commercial entities. WL has the right to challenge these decisions in court. DDoSing them is petulant and childish. This is not "vs the internet" but versus juveniles playing with things they have no understanding of.

WL never faced consequences for leaks of any other kind - US DoD, corporate misbehavior, etc. Only when it irresponsibly published diplomatic material wholesale. Because WL disregarded the diplomatic processes of one nation, it will do the same with others, and therefore undermines international relations. It's hard enough without juvenile (infantile) idiots interfering with the processes of grownups.

Iran is a pariah state not because of its ongoing support for terrorists, but because it failed in its duty to protect the embassy of a foreign nation 32 years ago from rampaging students.

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