Anonymous Orders a PayPal Boycott

Hacking organization “Anonymous” is calling for a public boycott of PayPal.

The request is intended to combat the F.B.I.’s attempt to truncate hactivists’ messages through mass arrests and written or verbal warnings.

PayPal provides a service to various websites.  Some websites in particular are supported by hactivist groups–sometimes for their political stances, but more often because of the services they provide that hackers are in agreement with.  When the F.B.I. would request a cease and desist order against such sites, PayPal would subsequently cancel their services–aiming to limit those sites’ ability to raise money.

An example of such a case occurred with the abdication of Julian Assange from his website WikiLeaks.  PayPal quickly canceled their services–causing an outrage amongst the underground community and forcing some of them to act.  Anonymous is an example of one of those communities.  Anonymous sought to retaliate various shutdowns by federal entities through the organization of numerous boycotts.  PayPal was one of those boycotts.

A PayPal representative has indicated that though there have been a few account cancellations, it hasn’t been outside of the normal course of business.  Account registrations and cancellations are occurring at the same rate as before the call for boycott.

The statement released by Anonymous is as follows:

“Quite simply, we, the people, are disgusted with these injustices. We will not sit down and let ourselves be trampled upon by any corporation or government. We are not scared of you, and that is something for you to be scared of. We are not the terrorists here: you are”.       



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