28 December 2010

always look on the bright side of war

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I am resolved not to be a pansy about this and root for the upstarts.
Shortly after Bank of America decided to halt the processing of Wikileaks-related transactions, it became the newest target for the anonymous group who set into motion Operation Payback, a hacktivist movement aiming to "raise awareness about WikiLeaks and the underhanded methods employed by ... companies to impair WikiLeaks' ability to function." (Press release in pdf format)

On Monday, Bank of America's web site suffered sporadic downtimes, apparently as a result of DDoS attacks—the same kind of attacks that also plagued Visa, Master Card and Paypal, each of which also recently halted its financial services to Wikileaks.
Raw Story was able to confirm, via two third party website verification services, [Bank of America's] site difficulties on Monday (with screenshots here and here).

Greg Mitchell, who pens
The Nation's media blog, also noted sporadic outages on Bank of America's domain.
Operation payback is not new. Shortly after threats were waged against end-users for P2P media file-sharing, DDoS attacks were launched against the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and AiPlex, which is an anti-piracy company that itself made use of DDoS attacks to target The Pirate Bay and other piracy organizations (mainly bittorrent-tracking sites).

Upon learning of Operation Payback's activities against Visa, Master Card and other financial and government-related sites, Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson clarified Wikileaks' stance on the issue: "We neither condemn nor applaud these attacks. We believe they are a reflection of public opinion on the actions of the targets."
If you have listened to today's Keiser Report [which is linked on RT in the post below, if it's not up at Max's yet] you will have heard him mentioning the psyop-to-take-the-internet-away meme and sounding very pleasingly like me on the subject.

I almost don't want to yell at people because, clearly, they're coming unmoored, but, sheesh, that one's as lame as the Zionist psyop bit. It crushes something in me to take in that even ordinarily fairly intelligent people are REALLY getting PARANOID and recognize this first REAL blow against the Empire as a threat to the security of their warm and unremitting state of scandalized horror. But, truly now, maybe you oughta try letting yourself become SO angry you must black out to reset yer wires, or go jump in a nice cold lake, or SOMETHING. You need to jump out of the system and look at it. If you stay in your quivering flesh, locked inside this witless and terrified guesswork of chronic-not-enough-information, yer gonna cave... yer gonna be a good little cog in the fascist machine, sending us straight into the kind of dystopia you've only seen in movies so far.

So, oh, hell yeah....

love, 99

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