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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Unintended consequences
by mkone on Wed 8th Dec 2010 23:38 UTC
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The next thing is that the government will mandate that ISPs implement methods to protect against DDoS attacks or begin to require that all internet services be traceable to origin. The result of this petulant act might be that privacy on the internet is judged to be less important than protecting availability of the internet and the anonymous internet ends as we know it. And it's not that hard. All they do is to compel 'important' firms to move to some registered internet and remove the protections that we currently have on the unregistered wild-wild-west internet. This may just give them justification to do that.

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