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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See the UPDATE to this story, here:

The original story was that the US State Dept wrote a letter to PayPal saying that the State Dept deemed Wikileaks to be engaging in illegal activity, and therefore PayPal suspended Wikileaks' PayPal account.

But no, it turns out that the State Dept wrote a letter to Wikileaks, saying that they deemed that Wikileaks was engaged in illegalities, and based on that letter from the State Dept to Wikileaks (not from the State Dept to PayPal), PayPal decided to suspend Wikileaks' PayPal account. The US State Dept made no contact with PayPal.

I await Thom's update to his summary of events according to PayPal's clarification.

Edited 2010-12-09 08:19 UTC

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