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.
E-mail Print r 26   · Read More · 303 Comment(s)
Thread beginning with comment 452678
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Couldn't agree more
by ralph on Wed 8th Dec 2010 14:00 UTC
Member since:

I didn't post here for ages, but this time I simply had to lock in. In couldn't agree more with what Thom has said.

The extralegal persecution of wikilieaks is not only a full out assault on what the internet stands for, it's also a full out assault on free speech and freedom of the press. Sadly, many old media outlets are to dumb and to complicit to notice this and rather spend their time being dismissive of those dirty hackers from wikileaks.

Concerning government pressure. The Guardian (one of the few old media outlets worth reading in this matter) reports that Paypal's vice president all but admit that it was government pressure. "State Dept told us these were illegal activities. It was straightforward." So if your masters tell you it's illegal that is it? What about, you know, the rule of law, due process etc.?
Of course he's now furiously backpedaling.

I never thought I'd say this, but: Give em hell, 4chan!

Reply Score: 8

RE: Couldn't agree more
by M.Onty on Wed 8th Dec 2010 21:09 in reply to "Couldn't agree more"
M.Onty Member since:

The Guardian (one of the few old media outlets worth reading in this matter).

The Guardian has become largely a repository for churnalism. This is unfortunately a consequence of not being able to afford much of their own investigative journalistic articles. They therefore make themselves extra available for stuff like this Wikileaks material.

Reply Parent Score: 1