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.