WikiLeaks hit by new online onslaught - PayPal joins US firms and officials targeting site
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 05/12/2010 23:12
WikiLeaks suffered the most serious blow in its struggles with corporate and official America yesterday when PayPal, the payments processing company, suspended the organisation's account. The move will have a major impact on WikiLeaks' ability to collect donations.
A statement by PayPal, which is owned by eBay Inc, said: "PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. We've notified the account holder of this action."
Swiss Supporters: WikiLeaks Server Goes Down [AP]
WikiLeaks's main server in France has gone offline, preventing many users from accessing the U.S. State Department cables and other documents the site has posted online, a group of Swiss supporters said Sunday.
The president of the Swiss Pirate Party, which controls the wikileaks.ch Web address, said he was in the process of pointing that domain name to a different server, apparently based in Sweden.
New Hurdles for WikiLeaks
As the political storm over their release of 250,000 secret American diplomatic cables continues, the WikiLeaks Web site and its founder, Julian Assange, are facing new legal and operational challenges from Swedish prosecutors and from one of the online payment services that have been used to channel donations to the whistle-blowing organization.
PayPal, one of the most widely used online payment services, severed ties to WikiLeaks, following similar moves by the e-commerce Web site Amazon and the domain name company EveryDNS.net. In a statement dated Friday, PayPal said that it had "permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks."