Anonymous, the infamous hacktivist group has appealed to the PayPal user community to boycott the payment provider’s services altogether and empty their accounts.
According to reports, the hackers’ collective has started this new campaign against PayPal following the reports of a university student being sentenced to imprisonment for his alleged involvement in a denial of service attack against a blog operated by the company.
Anonymous joined forces with LulzSec on Wednesday and released a statement, appealing the PayPal account holders to shut down their accounts immediately and look for an alternative.
“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,” the press release (opens in new tab) by the hackers-collectives read.
“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,” it added.
The press release also thrashed PayPal for withholding funds from WikiLeaks, which was seen by many as the outcome of the immense pressure exerted by the US government on the company.