PayPal Hit By DDoS Attack After Ditching Wikileaks

Online payments services provider PayPal has been attacked by a huge Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack after it stopped taking donations on behalf of WikiLeaks.

Supporters of the controversial whistle-blowing website managed to take out the PayPal blog for more than eight hours, Internet security firm Panda Labs explained.

Hacking group Anonymous claimed to have orchestrated the attack, and had urged its followers on Twitter to renounce PayPal and join in on the DDoS attack.

Anonymous tweeted: "TANGO DOWN — thepaypalblog.com — Blog of Paypal, company that has restricted Wikileaks’ access to funding."

"Close your #Paypal accounts in light of the blatant misuse of power to partially disable #Wikileaks funding. Join in the #DDoS if you’d like,” the group said.

The group carried out the attack after PayPal suspended WikiLeaks account for violating its acceptable use policy.

PayPal said in a statement on its blog: “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.”