PayPal restricts WikiLeaks account as website comes under global scrutiny
SAN FRANCISCO: PayPal Inc., the payment processor owned by EBay Inc., cut access today to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.org for violating its acceptable use policy.
PayPal suspended the account after the U.S. said WikiLeaks activities were in violation of the law, a spokesman for the company said. PayPal wasn't contacted by any government agency and took the action on its own, the spokesman said.
PayPal's move marks a further crippling of WikiLeaks, which is releasing about 250,000 classified diplomatic cables that the U.S., France and the U.K. say could endanger lives. Amazon.com Inc. dropped WikiLeaks from its website-hosting service this week for breaching terms of service. "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," PayPal said in a blog posting. "We've notified the account holder of this action."
WikiLeaks had an earlier run-in with PayPal in January, when it was temporarily blocked. The payment processor cut the organization's access after it failed to respond to a request for more information when fundraising efforts triggered an influx of money. The flood of cash triggered automatic money-laundering alerts, though the situation was resolved about a day later, the spokesman said. Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer and Web-hosting service, said that WikiLeaks had violated its terms of service by posting material it didn't own and that it was potentially "putting innocent people in jeopardy."
WikiLeaks' U.S. site was shut down after electronic attacks threatened the stability of access to other websites, according to EveryDNS.net, the U.S. service that translates online addresses to Internet protocol numbers.
Since it began releasing the cables on Nov. 28, WikiLeaks also has faced so-called denialof-service attacks, where hackers attempt to overwhelm a website with repeated requests for data. Moreover, Online payment service PayPal indicates that 2010 will be the biggest Christmas yet for Australian online retailers, as more Australians will be shunning long lines, parking chaos and early morning starts in favour of Christmas shopping online.
PayPal indicates that 2010 will be the biggest Christmas yet for Australian online retailers, as more Australians will be shunning long lines, parking chaos and early morning starts in favour of Christmas shopping online.
According to a report released by Paypal, the Australian eCommerce market is set to reach AU$36.8 billion by 2011, with 2010 online sales peaking this Christmas.
The online payment sevice attributes this to the combination of the continually strong Aussie dollar, the increasing number of Australian retailers that have expanded their offerings online and the growth in consumer confidence when shopping online. These factors have created what Paypal dubbed as the "perfect storm" for the success of online retail this Christmas.
PayPal spokesperson Adrian Christie said: "There is no doubt that the consumerfriendly climate has created a surge in online shopping. Development of innovative technologies are also driving growth in online retail and we are seeing huge growth in the adoption of mobile commerce."
The PayPal eCommerce Secure Insight Report, a research conducted by Leading Edge and Forrester Research, in behalf of the online payment service also shows that Australians prefer to buy their festive wares from home grown retailers, despite the strong Australian dollar. -PB News