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: Paypal are creeps
by MollyC on Thu 9th Dec 2010 05:49 UTC in reply to "Paypal are creeps"
MollyC
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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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RE[3]: Paypal are creeps
by MollyC on Sat 11th Dec 2010 05:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Paypal are creeps"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

You might be just joking, but I'll answer the question anyway.

I don't know if "foreigners" is a protected class in the US. But even if it were, it's not the case that one is required to do business with all members of protected classes, it's that one cannot refuse to do business with someone just because they are a member of a protected class. One can still refuse to do business with that person for other reasons.

For example, PayPal couldn't refuse to do business with someone on the basis of that person's being Latino (for example), but could refuse to do business with that person for suspected criminality, or violation of PayPal's terms of service, etc.

PayPal is within their rights not to do business with Assange as long as the reason for such refusal is not related to Assange's membership in a protected class.

Note that I don't speak of PayPal's freezing of Wikileak's PayPal account. Apparently PayPal has released those funds to Wikileaks, but now that tha's done, PayPal doesn't have to conduct further transactions involving Assange or Wikileaks.

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