PayPal hit by DDoS attack after spurning Wikileaks

PayPal hit by DDoS attack after spurning Wikileaks

Summary: The PayPal blog was taken offline by denial-of-service attacks for several hours, after pulling the plug on the payments mechanism for whistleblower site Wikileaks

TOPICS: Government, Security

PayPal was hit by a denial-of-service attack on Sunday that took its blog offline for about eight hours, according to security researchers.

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The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks came in response to a move by the payment giant to stop providing services to whistleblower website Wikileaks for donations. PayPal said Wikileaks had breached its user policies, which prevent its services from being used to support criminal activity. Wikileaks has been severely criticised for its decision to leak more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables.

" is now back up after 75 service interruptions and 8 hours 15 minutes of total downtime. This report doesn't take into account the many hours that resolved to a 403 error," PandaBlogs researcher Sean-Paul Correll said in a blog post.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see PayPal suffers DoS for spurning Wikileaks on ZDNet Australia.

Topics: Government, Security

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  • To quote Glenn Greenwald from (,

    'WikiLeaks has not published "250,000 classified documents." They've only published 612, and the only documents from the leak of diplomatic cables published on the WikiLeaks site thus far have all been ones published by its newspaper partners such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc., including with the same redactions.'

    Please publish this accurately. Thanks.