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Hacktivism and the Paypal 14

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In December 2010 Paypal, credit companies, and a number of major banks were attacked by online activists upset over the companies' decisions to block donations to Wikileaks. Today, a group of defendents dubbed the “Paypal 14” will appear in Federal Court. Reporter Aarti Shahani looks at the case and what free speech means in the era of “hacktivism.”

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Aarti Shahani

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Tim from Westchester

While the tactics of the hacivists could be viewed as questionable, the actions of the Justice Dept. and the various payment companies such as PayPal were very disturbing. Our government said, without any due process, "Do not facilitate any payments to Organization X, cuz we say so." And those companies complied.

Oct. 31 2013 01:52 PM

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