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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RE[2]: Fair? "it's war"
by jabbotts on Wed 8th Dec 2010 18:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Fair?"
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"It's war. War is never fair."

No.. it's inconvenience. War is very different.

"war on drugs" (so, prolonged prohibition driving the profitability of criminal drug trafficing and wasting tax dollars imprissoning people for smoking a joint but not far more addictive substances like drinking or smoking)

"war on illegal imigration" (so, war against what the US was founded on; freedom and imigration rather than against employers who under pay and mistreat illegals)

"war on terrorism" (so, war against a technique of war; fear of fear so we can legislate away more freedoms)

"war on wikileaks" (more like "please don't focus on how this information was able to be leaked" war against responsible governance)

I don't see any of it as warfare followed up by land forces holding ground. It's political BS spin.

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RE[3]: Fair? "it's war"
by phoudoin on Wed 8th Dec 2010 19:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Fair? "it's war""
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Okay, okay.

True, tt's not a war, just a conflict with sides spread from all other the world, each using latest technology and attack vectors to cause damage to what is considered critical by the other side.


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RE[4]: Fair? "it's war"
by jabbotts on Wed 8th Dec 2010 20:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Fair? "it's war""
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I'd agree that it is inconvenience. I may even stretch it to espionage. Wake me when pulling a VM from Amazon's cluster results in death and warfare or when DDoS'ing a business network justifies an armed response. Let me know when they put troops and metal on the ground to hold Assange's land holdings.

I mean, I don't think this is all nothing. I just think calling it a war provides a lot more hype and spin rather than reality.

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