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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RE: inappropriate
by atriq on Thu 9th Dec 2010 05:11 UTC in reply to "inappropriate"
atriq
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Yeah, except those companies effectively control whether or not wikileaks gets ahold of the funds that are donated to them. And by choosing to refuse transfering those donations, that is a blatent attack on the organization.

The DDoSing is hardly going to ruin any of these companies. But it is a reminder to them that caving to political pressure is still choosing a side.

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