Anonymous is using legal activism to put the hurt to Paypal via #OpPayPal, so much so that the threat of Operation PayPal has slammed its parent company eBay with between $933M to $1B in a stock crash. Five hours into #OpPayPal, it was estimated that there were four PayPal account closures per minute. Holy ouch! Is the operation against PayPal the reason eBay is bleeding like a sieve as stock prices plummet?
Anonymous, LulzSec and AntiSec issued a joint statement, asking people to close their PayPal accounts immediately. This is part of Anonymous' message to PayPal, its customers, and our friends:
Quite simply, we, the people, are disgusted with these injustices. We will not sit down and let ourselves be trampled upon by any corporation or government. We are not scared of you, and that is something for you to be scared of. We are not the terrorists here: you are.
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.
There are tweet accusations that Operation PayPal is being censored. After watching tweets for hours, it does seems as if the #OpPayPal topic should be trending on Twitter. Other Anon tweeters are claiming that PayPal suspended the ability to close accounts online, with requests to call in closures. Yet the option remained when I checked it.
Other tweets like this one have suggested Anon is "using you" since they are "unable" to "hack paypal by themselves."
There is another pastebin allegedly from LulzSec stating, "The hateful fiends at PayPal have unleashed FBI sea dogs to hunt down some of the more beloved members of our battlefleet." But for right now, in the middle of #OpPayPal, @LulzSec went silent, having tweeted eight hours ago.
Meanwhile law enforcement is running its own operation, an international investigation into cyberattacks on intelligence agencies and businesses. BBC reported that a 19-year-old suspected spokesman for LulzSec, who goes by the nickname of Topiary, was arrested in the Shetland Islands and police are also "interviewing" another 17-year-old as part of a "pre-planned intelligence-led operation."
Then some tweeters that hate AntiSec, suggested this would be the news tomorrow.
NBC reported that FBI agents are still investigating such as showing up on an Arlington, Texas, doorstep after tracking the IP address used in the December cyberattack against PayPal. According to this affidavit on Scribd, PayPal security personnel worked with the FBI, but that has some regular folks asking questions. From the mass sea of 1,000 IPs of Anonymous cyber-folk allegedly involved in firing their LOIC cannons at PayPal, how did the FBI choose 40 for search warrants?
If caught in a raid for having taked part in Anonymous, AntiSec or LulzSec cyber protests, which are being labeled "cyber terrorism," people are being charged with the "Computer Fraud and Abuse Act" which translates into a possible 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for hacking into a secured computer system with the intention of damaging it.
In a side note, after all this hacktivist activity, Department of Homeland Security, US-CERT Director Randy Vickers abruptly resigned.