PayPal Block The Hacker News

PayPal block the Hacker News

Well, Paypal just killed Hacker News, and does this means the beginning of the end.

With thousands and thousands of followers on line, The Hacker News,” is a preferred cybersecurity information portal, which PayPal has reportedly blacklisted, without any reason.

The report on Breitbart reads how the Hacker News, which has over 516,000 Twitter followers and 2 million Facebook likes is blacklisted in a series of Twitter posts on, Saturday, where the site claimed PayPal refused to give a reason for banning them.

“That’s so much frustrating. @PayPal has permanently banned all of our accounts without mentioning any reason and hold wallet funds wrongly for 180 days,” the site claimed. “Upon asking, @AskPayPal also refused to share any details.”

That’s so much frustrating @PayPal has permanently banned all of our accounts without mentioning any reason and hold wallet funds wrongly for 180 days.

Upon asking, @AskPayPal also refused to share any details.

— The Hacker News (@TheHackersNews) December 29, 2018

“Instead of giving a valid reason, the company says ‘specific reasons for such a decision is proprietary & it is not released since that could impair PayPal’s ability to do business in a safe and secure manner’… Seriously @PayPal????” continued the site. “You have to mention at least one valid reason.”

Instead of giving a valid reason, the company says “specific reasons for such a decision is proprietary & it is not released since that could impair PayPal’s ability to do business in a safe and secure manner”

Seriously @PayPal????

You have to mention at least one valid reason.

— The Hacker News (@TheHackersNews) December 29, 2018

The Hacker News declared in a follow-up post on Monday, that PayPal “hasn’t yet provided any reason behind the ban,” and added, “For those asking, a banned account was sort of an individual account we used to receive small payments from our sponsors that should not even violate any policy.”

Thank you, everyone, for your support 🎊Happy New Year 2019 @PayPal hasn’t yet provided any reason behind the ban.

For those asking, banned account was sort of an individual account we used to receive small payments from our sponsors that should not even violate any policy. https://t.co/8Pjyr6xV77

— The Hacker News (@TheHackersNews) December 31, 2018

The Hacker News was created in 2010, and the site describes itself as “a leading, trusted, widely-acknowledged dedicated cybersecurity news platform, attracting over 8 million monthly readers including IT professionals, researchers, hackers, technologists, and enthusiasts.”

“PayPal has often instigated funds blocking against corporate clients, including those involved in the cryptocurrency industry, without explanation.” According to cryptocurrency news site Bitcoinist,

Bitcoinist also reported that “such blocks are part of the service’s terms of use, which include the caveat that users can be frozen out of their accounts without the company being required to explain why.”

PayPal has previously blacklisted a number of popular companies and users, including WikiLeaks, Infowars, alternative video-hosting platform BitChute, alternative social network Gab, Chuck Johnson’s fundraising platform FreeStartr, political activist and commentator Tommy Robinson, 2018 Toronto Mayoral election candidate Faith Goldy, and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch— which had its PayPal account restored following public outcry.

In July, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a liberal nonprofit organization, expressed concern over payment processing services such as PayPal and Stripe becoming the “de facto internet censors.”

“EFF is deeply concerned that payment processors are making choices about which websites can and can’t accept payments or process donations…

This can have a huge impact on what types of speech are allowed to flourish online,” expressed an EFF spokesman in a statement. “We’ve seen examples — such as when WikiLeaks faced a banking blockade — of payment processors and other financial institutions shutting down the accounts of websites engaged in legal but unpopular speech. I’m deeply concerned that we’re letting banks and payment processors turn into de facto Internet censors.”

Kevin Jones932 Posts

Kevin Jones, Ph.D., is a research associate and a Cyber Security Author with experience in Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Monitoring solutions, Surveillance and Offensive technologies etc. Currently, he is a freelance writer on latest security news and other happenings. He has authored numerous articles and exploits which can be found on popular sites like hackercombat.com and others.

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