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Brian Gongol

December 10, 2010

Computers and the Internet Tit-for-tat in the WikiLeaks affair
PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa have come under cyberattack after stopping payments to WikiLeaks. The attackers claim to be tied to "Anonymous", which has previously gone aggressively after the Scientology movement, and which now appears to be adopting WikiLeaks as a new cause. One would be hard-pressed to justify the actions of Anonymous -- it would not be justified, for instance, to spray-paint graffiti on the walls of their offices for the same reason, so attacking their Internet property is no less out of line. But the WikiLeaks situation also reveals just how wrong is the old adage, "If you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide". Governments around the world have been embarrassed by the WikiLeaks releases, not because they've necessarily done anything wrong, but because some things have a right to be kept in confidence. If diplomatic secrets are legitimate, business or personal secrets are as well. We have every right to keep countless things secret for their own sake, for reasons justified and not.

Weather and Disasters Antarctic cruise ship tossed around by high waves

Humor and Good News Paul McCartney sings "Scrambled Eggs" version of "Yesterday"

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