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[4]: inappropriate
by weorthe on Thu 9th Dec 2010 04:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: inappropriate"
weorthe
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Who are the entities who could define the legaility of such an act (DDoS of a website operating under foreign sovreignity)? What process gives those entities the authority/mandate to do so?


It is possible to make a law against misuse of a network regardless of whether or not the other end of it is across a border. Otherwise, depending on jurisdictions, there could be a tort.

But my point was that DDoss are bad for the Internet, regardless of the intentions of those who cause them.

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