Hacker groups Anonymous and Lulzsec have proposed a legal boycott of website Paypal. The hackers are not happy with the fact the payment site would not process payments made in support of WikiLeaks and are also working with the FBI in its investigation.
In a letter Wednesday to supporters, it read, “We encourage anyone using PayPal to immediately close their accounts and consider an alternative,” adding that PayPal’s apparent willingness to work with the FBI “should be proof enough that they don’t deserve the customers they get.” The letter continued, “They do not deserve your business, and they do not deserve your respect.”
tLast December Anonymous members performed a distributed denial of service attack against PayPal, taking the company’s web site offline for four days. A wide ranged boycott could directly affect more then just PayPal but would also affect Ebay as PayPal is the biggest way of transferring money from buyers to sellers. PayPal has over 100 million active users and serves 9 million merchants worldwide. On October 3, 2002, PayPal became a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay.
In Wednesday’s letter, Anonymous maintained its frustration with PayPal and its handling of WikiLeaks payments. “PayPal continues to withhold funds from WikiLeaks, a beacon of truth in these dark times,” the group wrote in the letter. Anonymous and LulzSec also asked people who join the boycott to share pictures their account closures on Twitter and other Web sites.
Although not necessarily tied to a single online entity, many websites are strongly associated with Anonymous. This includes notable imageboards such as 4chan, Futaba, their associated wikis, Encyclopædia Dramatica, and a number of forums. After a series of controversial, widely-publicized protests and distributed denial of service attacks by Anonymous in 2008, incidents linked to its cadre members have increased In consideration of its capabilities, Anonymous has been posited by CNN to be one of the three major successors to WikiLeaks.