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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RE: Hmmm
by Carewolf on Wed 8th Dec 2010 16:40 UTC in reply to "Hmmm"
Carewolf
Member since:
2005-09-08

Not sure if DDos is appropiate against MasterCard, VISA or the Swedish prosecutors office. It all seems to childish.

I only see a few place where it is perfect: EveryDNS that dropped WikiLeaks fearing DDOS attacks. Now that is a perfect target. Is the fear of DDOS attacks 1000 times bigger going to make you take them back, or are you going to admit it was political pressure, huh?

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RE[2]: Hmmm - well pointed out
by jabbotts on Wed 8th Dec 2010 17:46 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Perhaps if the massive numbers of "anonymous" where to contact there local gov representatives or publicize facts showing what these companies did they'd have a more real effect. Maybe make changes rather than temporary inconveniences.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Except... That doesn't work. Change usually comes despite democracy - not because of it.

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by MollyC on Thu 9th Dec 2010 06:17 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Right, so screw over the millions of people that don't give a damn about Wikileaks or Assange's crusade, and just want to connect to the internet. Yep, let's take the cyberterrorism up a nothch, that'll show 'em who has the moral high ground!! And turn the world against us in the process.

* By "us", I mean wikilieaks and their supporters, of which I am not one.

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RE[3]: Hmmm
by TheGZeus on Thu 9th Dec 2010 07:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Yeah, how dare protesters make it take longer to get to the mall!
Who cares about their rights!?

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RE[2]: Hmmm
by elsewhere on Thu 9th Dec 2010 08:07 in reply to "RE: Hmmm"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

EveryDNS that dropped WikiLeaks fearing DDOS attacks. Now that is a perfect target. Is the fear of DDOS attacks 1000 times bigger going to make you take them back, or are you going to admit it was political pressure, huh?


EasyDNS is a free service. They weren't worried about political pressure, they were worried about their other 500,000 users. What kind of an SLA are you expecting with a free service?

Plus they gave wikileaks enough notice that they were dropping them, they had time to switch their DNS if they wanted to.

There may be pseudo-villains here, but EasyDNS isn't one of them.

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RE[3]: Hmmm
by Carewolf on Thu 9th Dec 2010 13:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmmm"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Good point

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