Dutch police have arrested a 16-year-old boy for online attacks on MasterCard and PayPal, as the digital guerilla warfare between WikiLeaks’ supporters and its opponents escalated.
Anonymous, the loose group of internet campaigners that has been supporting WikiLeaks, claimed credit for disrupting the websites of MasterCard, Visa and PayPal on Wednesday and Thursday, but were frustrated in their attempts to take down Amazon’s site, in spite of threatening the online retailer with a so-called “denial of service attack”.
I’m going to venture a guess that nobody will be arrested for bringing down the original WikiLeaks.org site. Not that I really care. But keep in mind that NEITHER group is affiliated with WikiLeaks or any country/government. So apparently it’s “more illegal” to cyber attack a business than a site that has won awards from publications including The Economist. It’s also unfortunate that this bastardized version of civil disobedience (denial of service attacks) is so irritating.