Just last week, we have reported to you that the FBI has conducted numerous arrests of alleged members of hacker groups Anonymous and Lulz Security (LulzSec) across the states. All in all, there were about 16 individuals arrested. This is part of the ongoing investigation of the FBI in order to track down these hacker groups that caused quite a great deal of havoc during these past months. Now after the said arrests, Anonymous has issued another statement to which they condemned the FBI for the recent arrests and as well as encouraging Paypal users to boycott the said online payment and money transfer service.
As always, the statement was issued through Pastebin. Anonymous criticized the recent arrests of the FBI and the sentences that was handed down to the suspects.
In recent weeks, we've found ourselves outraged at the FBI's willingness to arrest and threaten those who are involved in ethical, modern cyber operations. Law enforcement continues to push its ridiculous rules upon us - Anonymous "suspects" may face a fine of up to 500,000 USD with the addition of 15 years' jailtime, all for taking part in a historical activist movement. Many of the already-apprehended Anons are being charged with taking part in DDoS attacks against corrupt and greedy organizations, such as PayPal.
What the FBI needs to learn is that there is a vast difference between adding one's voice to a chorus and digital sit-in with Low Orbit Ion Cannon, and controlling a large botnet of infected computers. And yet both of these are punishable with exactly the same fine and sentence.
In addition to that, Anonymous is also encouraging users of Paypal to disable their accounts. This is in protest to the fact that Paypal has blocked all the money transfers and donations to the website of Wikileaks, "a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public", which in the past published several confidential information regarding the government and high profile corporations.
We encourage anyone using PayPal to immediately close their accounts and consider an alternative. The first step to being truly free is not putting one's trust into a company that freezes accounts when it feels like, or when it is pressured by the U.S. government. PayPal's willingness to fold to legislation should be proof enough that they don't deserve the customers they get. They do not deserve your business, and they do not deserve your respect.
Join us in our latest operation against PayPal - tweet pictures of your account closure, tell us on IRC, spread the word. Anonymous has become a powerful channel of information, and unlike the governments of the world, we are here to fight for you. Always.
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Anonymous didn't went as far as suggesting that they will be organizing another attack towards Paypal. But this should definitely be a cue for Paypal to take preventive measures. Past attacks that were conducted by Anonymous and LulzSec are testaments as to just how capable these groups are when it comes breaching high security systems. With over 100 million active accounts, an attack to Paypal will certainly have dire consequences.