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					Hackers Defend WikiLeaks by Attacking
PayPal and PostFinance
                                         A group of hackers connected to the online imageboard 4chan,
                                         often referred to as Anonymous, have retaliated against several
                                         sites that denied service to WikiLeaks shortly after the site
                                         started releasing secret embassy cables.


                                         The site of Swiss bank PostFinance, which has closed the
                                         account ofWikiLeaks      founder Julian Assange, has been taken
                                         down and is still unavailable at the time of this writing. Hackers
                                         have also attackedPayPal but have only managed to take down
                                         the site’s blog   , while the service remained operational.


                                         A spokesman for the group behind the attacks on PayPal and
PostFinance said they will target any website that’s “bowing down to government pressure.” The same
group is allegedly behind the series of attacks collectively called “Operation: Payback,” which targeted
anti-piracy organizations such as RIAA and MPAA.


Among other companies that have denied service to WikiLeaks are DNS service
provider EveryDNS.net andAmazon        . Most of these sites claim they haven’t shut down WikiLeaks’
account due to political pressure, instead naming technical or procedural reasons for denying the service
to the WikiLeaks.


Update: Mastercard, which has also denied service to WikiLeaks, has had its site taken down by hackers,
too.

[via ArsTechnica]
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