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[4]: Hmmm - well pointed out
by M.Onty on Wed 8th Dec 2010 20:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hmmm - well pointed out"
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Except... That doesn't work. Change usually comes despite democracy - not because of it.

I have a highly skeptical view of democracy's value as the cure-all it has been touted as over the last eighty years. Nevertheless, your opinion strikes me as too pat without explanation. What we might, in my corner of the world, call 6th Form politics. Democracy changes the entire political and media culture of a nation over time, like the sea shaping a cliff-face.

Edited 2010-12-08 20:45 UTC

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