Anonymous starts fax attacks

Darren Allan

December 14, 2010

Anonymous has opened up another front in its WikiLeaks war, aside from denial of service attacks on those who have cut ties with the whistle blowing site.

The loose collective of Internet freedom fighting activists has turned to the humble fax machine to harass companies who had refused to deal with WikiLeaks such as PayPal, MasterCard and Amazon.

Yes, you read that right. The fax machine. It’s certainly a huge change in tack, and a very retro way of getting the message across.

According to a report on, supporters are being encouraged to fax copies of the US diplomatic cables which WikiLeaks splurged to cause all this controversy in the first place.

On the Anonymous message board, folks participating in the action were reminded not to be disrespectful and send anything distasteful across the fax lines.

Some sites have dubbed this the first “denial of service” fax machine attacks they’ve ever witnessed, although quite how many faxes have been sent, and whether this has had much effect on the offices of the respective companies is unclear.

We’d suggest pushing the retro theme even further. How about some carrier pigeons trained to poop through Paypal’s office windows?


Comments in chronological order (12 comments)

  1. Scot says:

    I can’t believe adults are acting in this irresposible way.

    Jail the lot of them.

    Freedom of information/speech is one thing, but this has not be thought through in an adult manner.

    They, like the demonstrating students, have lost the right to public sympathy.

  2. Linus says:

    Jail the PayPal crew instead. They are the ones who try to limit the free press, something that every democracy depend on.

  3. Ryan Fagan says:

    I think what they are doing is good. Maybe they have ran out of ideas but they are not prats.

    At leat someone is stepping up to free assange.

  4. LIFE says:

    Mike and Scott, welcome to the cyber war on the fat cats. Go back to your middle management office and try to screw over the little guy some more… that bonus wont make it’s self!!!

    Come back when you can articulate yourself further than one word insults and off the cuff remarks with no reasoning behind them at all!

  5. Anony mous says:

    When the freedom of speech right is took away, how else does one act in order to gain freedom?

    Its all a conspiracy if you ask me, soon Assange will be found dead somewhere from “suicide”, but it will be some form of government behind it just doing it to get rid of him so they can continue to do what they want without the public knowing.

    Look at the timing of the rape allegations, most likely created by some government agents or something.

  6. bob says:

    @Scot, Anonymous aren’t adults, well at least most of them aren’t anyway, the vast majority are teenage boys.

  7. sam string says:

    Good on them.

    Someone needs to hold our unaccountable amoral and out of control greed-centric corporations to account.
    An excellent use of nonviolent protest to get a much needed message across.

    Thanks guys, keep up the good work.

    P.s. Personally i wish they could take down amazon and every other retailer out there so we could get back to having a christmas based on family and family values, not greed and materialism

  8. gimps says:

    I cant believe anyone would be so shallow minded as to think this was about sympathy

    This is about peoples rights and freedoms

    If you took your head out of the sand you might see what is happening with the world

    UK and American government behaviour smarts of China’s repression, only China is slowly moving away from those tactics while we seem to be cruising at increasing pace, in the wrong direction

  9. Pete says:

    @Scot & Mike

    At least they are trying to do swomething to protect free speech, it’s obvious if left to you that you’d sooner just sit on your a*** until all our our rights are gone.

  10. matt says:

    Scot and i suppose your suggestion of throwing people in prison for sending faxes has been thought through?
    What on earth makes you think they want or are looking for sympathy.?
    Try engaging your brain before you make yourself look any more stupid than you already have.

  11. matt says:

    Oh and the article is wrong on quite a few points but nobody reads the lazy ill informed views here anyway so carry on ;)

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