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[9]: Comment by Bounty
by cheemosabe on Thu 9th Dec 2010 00:10 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Bounty"
cheemosabe
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2009-11-29

I will ask you one thing. How big a fraction do you think is the information that has been uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act compared to what Wikileaks has uncovered? Do you think it is effective at all?

The Freedom of Information Act is like the government saying "this is what we are willing to let you know". Wikileaks is like (some of) the people fighting for the information _they_ think they ought to know. I think each has a right to fight but the US Government is playing dirty.

Honestly, they could protect their information better. If civilians get their hands on this so easily what about a security agency?

Edited 2010-12-09 00:11 UTC

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RE[10]: Comment by Bounty
by Bounty on Thu 9th Dec 2010 00:35 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by Bounty"
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2006-09-18

I will ask you one thing. How big a fraction do you think is the information that has been uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act compared to what Wikileaks has uncovered? Do you think it is effective at all?

The Freedom of Information Act is like the government saying "this is what we are willing to let you know". Wikileaks is like (some of) the people fighting for the information _they_ think they ought to know. I think each has a right to fight but the US Government is playing dirty.

Honestly, they could protect their information better. If civilians get their hands on this so easily what about a security agency?


The Freedom of Information Act could be better! So could many things, I personally would write to my congressman about other things first. Maybe I should add it to the list.

"Wikileaks" is not "from" the US, therefore "they" don't have any right to know. If this was some document that an American was handing to a newspaper who would consult with an team of lawyers, it would be much much better. Basically have at least the decency to make a real attempt to give the info in a responsible way. Like I've said before, I've seen the doc, they didn't try.

They could have, but insiders happen. I hope they're fixing their mistakes.

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RE[11]: Comment by Bounty
by lemur2 on Thu 9th Dec 2010 01:16 in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by Bounty"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Wikileaks" is not "from" the US, therefore "they" don't have any right to know.


"Wikileaks" is not "from" the US, therefore "they" don't have any responsibility to keep the information hidden.

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