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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 13:18

Apple invites attacks from Anonymous

Written by Nick Farell


Bans Wikileaks app
Jobs Mob seems to think that it can defy the hacker outfit Anonymous by banning the Wikileaks application from its webstore.

Apple banned an iPhone and iPad app designed to facilitate access to WikiLeaks’ unfolding cache of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, putting the company on the growing list of U.S. corporations aligned against Wikileaks. According to Wired Apple removed the WikiLeaks app from the App Store because it violated its developer guidelines.

“Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or targeted group in harm’s way,” said Apple.

This should make the hacker group which has been targeting sites that ban Wikileaks, Anonymous, incandescent with rage. It will be interesting to see if Apple is given the same treatment that other outfits who have spurned Wikileaks. Amazon cut off WikiLeaks hosting, and PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and Bank of America have all blocked donations to the organisation and were all hacked.

Oddly it seems that Apple have jumped the gun a bit. WikiLeaks and its people haven’t been charged with a crime for publishing US leaks, and they’d have a strong First Amendment defense if they were.

There has yet to be a documented instance of anyone coming to harm as a result of WikiLeaks’ releases. It seems that Jobs Mob is now in the business of censoring controversial, but lawfully published, content of news. This does not bode well for the iPad's links with newspapers and magazines.

Jobs is saying, yeah you can run news, but we will shut you down if you disagree with Apple, or say anything too controversial. (So if we launch a Fudzilla iPhone app, we'll need to sack you. sub.ed.)

Nick Farell

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+12 #1 Bors Mistral 2010-12-22 15:02
Quote:
So if we launch a Fudzilla iPhone app, we'll need to sack you. sub.ed.


Wow, wait! If you do that, where will I and thousands of others go for their daily dose of "Apple-hate"?
 
 
0 #2 GhostOfSparta 2010-12-22 16:09
Why would Anonymous attack Apple? All that Steve Jobs wants it attention. Why would Anonymous give that to them?
 
 
-10 #3 FoxMontage 2010-12-22 16:49
Dear Lord. Trying to stop what Wikileaks is doing has nothing to do with denying peoples right to free speech. The idea of free speech is to protect people's ability to express their opinions freely, without being told what they can and can not say. The people behind Wikileaks are in trouble because they are publishing sensitive, confidential documents which are essentially stolen.

Say I was an author, and you stole my manuscript and put it up on your own website. That is not you exercising "free speech". It's theft. I'm getting sick of this shit I am.
 
 
+9 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-12-22 17:52
Quoting FoxMontage:
I'm getting sick of this shit I am.



Well, that shit is done with tax-payers money and a lot of people actually want to see what happened behind the curtains while politicians get more and more greedy and the population less informed.

You could also think of this as anyone's right to information, anyone that is interested in it of course, and information that concerns people that didn't knew information about them even existed in such a form. Kinda like you're writing a manuscript about someone real without informing that person that she/he's in it. That doesn't put you in the right spot, does it?
 
 
+1 #5 nECrO 2010-12-23 07:50
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Quoting FoxMontage:
I'm getting sick of this shit I am.

Well, that shit is done with tax-payers money and a lot of people actually want to see what happened behind the curtains while politicians get more and more greedy and the population less informed.




Well put. I'm curious how the freedom of information act and whistleblower laws apply to this. Inquiring geeks want to know.
 
 
0 #6 EVOXSNES 2010-12-24 11:24
A VP gets paid off to ban it?

Im not sure if i can rmbr any one time in the past where apple has weighed into a heavily political scene like this... i know they ban alot of stuff but still its only over petty stuff like conforming to their way of doing things and improving their bottom line
 

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