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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Too far, or not enough?
by theosib on Wed 8th Dec 2010 16:23 UTC
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I've gone back and forth on whether or not I thought Wikileaks has been going too far with some of their leaks. Most of what they've published is stuff governments shouldn't hide or should be ashamed of doing, and it's time for us to take the excess power away from the "government" and give it back to the people, in other words forcing governments to once again represent the interests of the people. There have been a few things that gave me pause, however. For instance, leaking private communication from diplomats that could actually put their lives in danger. Taking action that you know will put people's lives in danger is bad. And perhaps some of those individuals who have been put in danger should be able to take a few whacks at Assange with a stick.

That being said, the government reactions to wikileaks has shown me just how important it is to keep up the fight for freedom. What happened to free speech? Our governments are supposed to work in favor of securing our rights in this area! Now, if you have a security clearance, and therefore have given the government a guarantee that you will not leak information, then breaking that is treason. Even then, there are some things that are so bad that it's morally obligatory to commit treason for the good of everyone else. However, if you're a private citizen, and you broke no laws obtaining classified information, then it's purely a matter of free speech for you to provide that information to others. Wikileaks walks a fine line, I think, but lies and calls for assassination are NOT the appropriate response. Governments should take this as a signal to (a) behave better, (b) have fewer secrets, and (c) tighten security. It's their own fault that the information is both available and damning.

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