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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Paypal are creeps
by Innominandum on Thu 9th Dec 2010 00:12 UTC
Innominandum
Member since:
2005-11-18

I don't know if it's be mentioned in the pages upon pages of comments already:

For the record, Paypal are notorious for suspending accounts; generally people with controversial religious, political or social views.

Nobody says you have to agree with "controversial" personalities or organizations, but suspending a Paypal account and freezing (stealing) funds is too much.

I feel vindicated by the Paypal attack. In fact I hope it's permanent. Payback's a bitch.

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RE: Paypal are creeps
by boldingd on Thu 9th Dec 2010 01:00 in reply to "Paypal are creeps"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

PayPal also won't process transactions that deal with, er, prurient material.

*couch*notthatI'dknow*cough*

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RE: Paypal are creeps
by MollyC on Thu 9th Dec 2010 05:49 in reply to "Paypal are creeps"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Paypal.com is up and running as I write this.
Paypal has policies on whom they will do business with. Paypal is a US company; in the US, you are allowed to refuse to do business with anyone you want to, as long as those reasons have nothing to do with discrimination against a "protected class" (for example, you can't refuse to do business with someone because of their race, ethnicity, gender, etc). "Leakers" is not a protected class. Paypal is under no obligation to do business with Assange or his operation. Those attacking the Paypal site are criminals.

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RE[2]: Paypal are creeps
by Sauron on Thu 9th Dec 2010 20:08 in reply to "RE: Paypal are creeps"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

How about discrimination against Foreigners’? Assange is Australian therefore of a different "race" to the US. ;)

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