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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Our clients lost money during a hard time
by Adurbe on Wed 8th Dec 2010 19:37 UTC
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For all the moralising going on, this hit ordinary people who have Nothing to do with it. In many ways the attack was indiscriminate in its effect. For this reason I cant condone it.

We have clients in an industry that is already suffering Very heavily during the downturn. A number have already gone under or are close to. This attack today caused them to lose thousands of pounds in lost revenue. Money they can ill afford to lose.

Has this helped prove a point to the US gov? I dont think so.
Has it hurt ordinary, uninvolved, people? Yes.

p.s. I do not work for a bank/credit card/financial company

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