An anonymous group has launched ‘Operation Payback’ in support of WikiLeaks and what they perceive as the freedom of speech on the Internet.
The websites of Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal were attacked after they blocked donations by people to WikiLeaks.
The hackers are using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to coordinate their efforts, thereby dragging these companies into the fray.
Social networking sites dragged along
Twitter and Facebook, which have successfully resisted earlier attempts of government control over the flow of information on their sites and were praised in the past for promoting free speech on the Internet, now find themselves in a precarious situation.