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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Difficult position for the media
by reduz on Wed 8th Dec 2010 14:28 UTC
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

The default answer of the media each time it suffers an attack is "censorship" "freedom of the press is being denied". This is how large economic groups behind mass media attempt to protect themselves. But now that we see a -real- attack against the freedom of the press by the largest of the governments, half of the mass media seems to actually be siding -against- WikiLeaks. So, what is the game then? I can only hope this helps the world to learn a very valuable lession.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

A lot of the press hasn't been free for years. They have for two decades now even attacked the very concept of the free press, or liberal media as it is also known, by trying to pretend it is the free press and not the state or corporate press that is biased.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

"So, what is the game then?"

A while back there was a leaked document discussing how to take out an entity like Wikileaks. The primary aproach was destroying it's credibility. Seems they've been working away at that.

The other question is; if Wikileaks is fully in the right.. why have it's own staff been critical of how the organization is being managed?

When Wikileaks own staff and Cryptomb start being critical of Wikileaks; one has to take a step back and look.

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