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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Government's First Returning Salvo In The First Cyberwar


And so, the government has moved, of course using the cowardly grand jury gambit.

As the reader should know, in December 2010 there was launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)* attack made against PayPal and a couple of other finance monoliths with which we are all familiar, in retaliation for these companies' behavior in acting as lackeys for government. Said government was, and still is, butt-sore over Julian Assange and Wikileaks' leaks, and somehow back-channeled marching orders to these ostensibly private corporations to cut off the ability for sympathizers to donate to Assange & company's fine project (that last bit is my story, and I'm sticking to it.)

For details, go read Marcy Wheeler's post (The Inevitable Collapse of Legitimacy Under Secret Law: Wikileaks Hacks), and Kevin Gosztola's of, respectively, emptywheel and FireDogLake. If you feel you must express your outrage in their comment threads, I'm sure it will be well appreciated.

Also, see this response - something or other about July 30, 2011, which is a week from this Saturday, BTW:

That is all.

Update: Ian Welsh has something to say:
Unfortunately, as stupid, venal and brutal as our enemies are (and if they aren’t your enemies you’re a fool or getting a pay check, or I hope you are), our leadership is even more stupid, venal and cowardly...

There’s an old saying about living on your knees or fighting on your feet. The problem with that is that once you’ve said you’re willing to live on your knees the next question is “will you crawl on your belly?”

*For the "non-techies" out there, this terrible crime consists of mercilessly pinging a server frequently enough to disrupt normal business for a bit. Kind of like a sit-in, and we all now how vicious that can be.

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