PayPal Has Now Suspended Cryptome’s Account

Cryptome is another clearing house site for leaked documents, co-founded and operated by John Young. It was recently in the news for being on the receiving end of a botched take down request at the behest of Microsoft.

Now Cryptome has had its account suspended by PayPal, according to The Register. The theory I’d heard to explain this repeatedly happening to Wikileaks is a run in with PayPal’s torturous rules on handling donations for some classes of organizations. There aren’t any details, yet, from PayPal on this case but I suspect it is for similar reasons.

I wonder if other not-for-profits have been experiencing similar problems and this is a bias in coverage because of the sensational nature of Wikileaks and Cryptome or this is part of genuine discrimination on the part of the payment processor, disguised as some impenetrable bureaucracy.

Microsoft Takes Down Cryptome but It Is Already Back

Cory’s post at Boing Boing was the first to hit my feeds of many more that followed. He even includes a number of further links in his early scoop.

Cryptome, like Wikileaks, is a site through which whistleblowers can release documents. The document in question detailed how Microsoft stores private user data in its web-connected servers. It isn’t surprising the Redmond giant would seek the removal of the file but a bit that they wouldn’t anticipate the Streisand effect in doing so. As that meme encapsulate, their efforts to remove information in the wild has only made it more available and drawn more attention to it.

According to Slashdot, John Young, one of the pair of folks responsible for the site, refused to knuckle under in the face of an ultimatum from his ISP. Instead of removing the document, per the DMCA takedown, he had his site shut down. Ars has some more detail on the document itself, a manual prepared by Microsoft for use in their cooperation with law enforcers, not just an internal architecture or operations procedure document.

It also seems that Microsoft can learn. In the wake of all the attention throughout today Microsoft has withdrawn the takedown according to ReadWriteWeb. They also have a bit more detail on the document and explain that it is one of many in this vein, far from exceptional.