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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Cyberterrorism by the "good guys".
by MollyC on Thu 9th Dec 2010 05:41 UTC
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Sorry, Assange fans, you have no moral high ground when you start taking down sites.

We've already seen Assange try to blackmail his way out of the charges in Sweden ("If I get arrested, I'll release my 'insurance' file.") Now we see wikileaks fans taking down sites for having the temerity to not do business with Assange.

And Thom, your comment about Paypal getting pressured by the US govt, so what? That same govt pressured Twitter to delay their "Down for maintenance" period during the Iran post-election protests so people could continue to communicate the events on Twitter. In PayPal's case, the "pressure" you refer to was simply a letter saying that the US State Dept considered Assange's activities to be illegal. Paypal doesn't "admit" to being coerced, like your "summary" implies.

Update: The sites in question (Visa, Mastercard, PayPal) are up and running now.

Edited 2010-12-09 05:51 UTC

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