Anonymous has launched the first massive legal action against paypal.
No you don't have to click them or send them letters. You just have to close down your account or ignore it or look for alternatives or ask the service provider for alternatives
rumors that already 30.000 people have closed down their accounts are to be verified but the topic is trending on the internet and the action has only started a few hours
the real impact is that no real internetprivacy defender or progressive or liberal website will - for the moment - think about using paypal (or not look for other alternatives)
there are several other reasons why the time is right
* it is in dollars and the dollar is slipping (except if you will buy in dollars)
* the service itself is expensive
* it is not anonymous
* you pay taxes on it in the Us
but the real reason is that the head of security of Paypal has a bigger mouth than a brain
A few weeks ago he went on the web to say that the Anonymous has to be arrested and tracked down and that it was necessary for the survival of the web blablablabla (I think insecure servers and software are more dangerous for the web right now)
Now it appears that Paypal has given the FBI publicly 1000 IP addresses of the biggest attackers during the payback operation when under political pressure they stopped accepted payments for wikileaks (and accepted for the KKK for example). A payment service has to be neutral or it isn't a payment service anymore but for example a bank or investor. Many of those IP adresses will actually proof nothing or will hardly come to trial while numerous lives and careers will be broken or interrupted in this revenge prosecution.
The problem is that there was for the moment not really another big alternative.
You have bitcoin but you have to know that you are neither really anonymous neither totally secure and you should also understand quite well how it works.
You have webmoney and other online systems (some based in Russia) but you should also know that some of these services can be closed down any day because they are also used by spammers, scammers and the mob. If at that moment you had several hundreds of dollars in it, it will be gone.
You can use prepaid cards that are being launched by several creditcard companies for online transactions. I like this idea and I think that now will also be the best moment to relaunch that idea (even if Mastercard and Visa have also interrupted payments to wikileaks as long as they not actively and publicly attack Anonymous and try to prosecute the youngster that were stupidly clicking on a button of a software, it is possible that they get away with it for the most of the people for some time). As it is supported by big corporations you can also suppose that the system may have for now a higher level of security and insurance than bitcoin which is being reworked right now by people from Lulzsec-Antisec.
For services and products that are legal you can sometimes use your phone bill (sms) to pay.
You won't see any paypal here for the moment.
I think someone at Paypal headquarters is shouting quite hard at the infosec why he had to say all that and if he has more frustation than brains in his head. I would be frustrated if I would become the chief officer of security and say at that time that now everything will be the best of the best to see that your frontend crumbles under some simple DDOs attacks.
They can sack him and stop the complaints and prosecution and excuse themselves and try to have a dialogue or explain why they didn't have any choice and as I have already said try to break paypal in different legally seperate branches so you can't cut the whole of Paypal of from one site or country because somewhere in the world there will still be a paypal that can process the payments because the american or international law can't touch them.
Ebay the owner of paypal is losing stock worth - and this will only increase if the campaign intensifies and that greater loss will increase the strength of the campaign and so on
untill some investor says that some-one has to stop the comedy, that this is all about their money and that nobody that the right to take such risks with it and does what is necessary to stop the campaign and get the trust back of the online activists.
paypal is not a political party, nor a governmental agency, nor a church, they are a payment processor and they should behave like that.
One should also accept that the campaign to bring down wikileaks has failed for 50% (not much new material) but that the movement will continue and that one will have to treat intelligently with the movement. They are here to stay
If you ever come across or against Anonymous or the branches or groups, be gently and quiet
You better don't fuck with Anonymous, the Russian Mob or the FBI on your doorstep.