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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everyDNS != EasyDNS
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 9th Dec 2010 19:58 UTC
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It looks like a new comedy of errors has spun out of this whole situation. Here's something that arrived in my EMail this morning from EasyDNS - a Canadian registrar that many people apparently can't distinguish from everyDNS (the people who shut down the main wikileaks domain):

Wikileaks "takedown" fiasco underscores pathetic state of internet "journalism"

I'm not sure who the Pulitzer candidate was who started it, but somebody wrote that Wikileaks had been taken down by us, easyDNS. By the time I woke up this morning I was inundated with emails and comments.

The incorrect info rippled through twitter like a zombie horde. Not only did people mindlessly hit the "retweet" button and perpetuate bad information: some took the time and care to email us, or search for our blog (why couldn't they do a whois lookup while they were at it?) and post comments about our "cowardice".

So here's the honor role of half-wits who should know better who should immediately cease trying to pass themselves off as any kind of legitimate "news source", or at the very least: Correct your story and issue an apology to us.

And the really absurd part of it? Not only were they NOT the registrar who pulled the plug on WikiLeaks, EasyDNS is actually a backup DNS provider for the domain.

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