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Who is Mercedes Renee Haefer and how did she inspire a campaign against Paypal

A new campaign by Anonymous to encourage people to shut their Paypal accounts is believed to have been a big success, leading an estimated 20,000 (so far) to quit the popular payment processor. But how did a Journalism student named Mercedes Renee Haefer manage to accidentally inspire such a campaign?

Haefer is one of a number of people accused of involvement in a mass DDOS attack on the Paypal website last year. She now faces up to 15 years in jail and a $500,000 fine, and many groups – not only Anonymous but also civil liberties groups – are complaining that this is overly harsh.

There’s no word so far from Mercedes Renee Haefer herself about the campaign to hit Paypal where it hurts. And so far, although Paypal parent company eBay experienced a modest drop on Wednesday, there are few signs that the company is really going to be punished so hard that it rethinks its overall approach.


About Michael R. Gideon

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4 thoughts on “Who is Mercedes Renee Haefer and how did she inspire a campaign against Paypal

  1. Hey,

    Just wanted to stop by and say great site, been following for a while, keep up the awesome work- I’ve been following Anon and the Mercedes case since it broke.

    It’s completely ridiculous that we see fines as high as 50,000 dollars and jail time as long as 25 years for the voicing of ones ideals and opinions, yet rapists, murderers and corporate thugs walk free after slaps on the wrist.

    Stop by my site if you get a chance :


    Posted by Eric Pollarine (@EricPollarine) | August 12, 2011, 1:35 am
    • So…
      From FB: My Chemical Romance, Sum41, Bon Jovi

      20 year old girl hu? Could have fooled me… I might be a bit at a loss here seriously but this sounds like a 40-50 year old “girl” to me…
      Bon Jovi? 20 years old? say it aint soo!

      Posted by test | August 20, 2011, 10:43 pm
  2. She deserves what she gets! Stupid script kiddy

    Posted by antianon | August 25, 2011, 12:24 am
  3. If the glove don’t fit you must aquit

    Posted by Johnny CockRun | August 28, 2011, 6:05 pm

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