Paypal.com is widely unreachable according to our own checks and numerousÂ reports on Twitter. We are unsure of the cause for this downtime, but it is very likely that it is under a DDoS attack from WikiLeaks supporters.
In aÂ reversal of course,Â PayPal has released funds remaining in an account associated withWikiLeaks according to a post on PayPalâ€™s blog.
Last week, aÂ statement from PayPal indicated, the company had suspended the account following claims by the U.S. that the activities of WikiLeaks violated the law. Â According to the report, PayPal acted of their own volition, without being contacted by any government agency.
Further, the spokesman for PayPal indicated that the company had â€œpermanently 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.â€
Now it appearsÂ attacks from the supporters of WikiLeaks have caused PayPal to re-think their position.
From the PayPalÂ blog post:
â€œWhile the account will remain restricted, PayPalÂ will release all remaining funds in the account to the foundation that was raising funds forÂ WikiLeaks.â€
â€œWe understand that PayPalâ€™s decision has become part of a broader story involving political, legal and free speech debates surrounding WikiLeaksâ€™ activities. None of these concerns factored into our decision. Our only consideration was whether or not the account associated with WikiLeaks violated our Acceptable Use Policy and regulations required of us as a global payment company.Â OurÂ actionsÂ in this matterÂ are consistentÂ with any account found to be in violation of our policiesâ€
Release of the funds come after a slew of denial-of-service (DOS) attacks earlier this week aimed at WikiLeaksâ€™ providers. The providers have refused to conduct any business with WikiLeaks after the U.S. government stepped up its pressure on the site, claiming the siteâ€™s actions are in violation of U.S. law.