The hacker collective Anonymous has renewed its campaign against PayPal, but has taken a new direction: it is calling on its supporters to boycott the payment website.
While the hacker group allegedly launched a cyber attack in December that brought down PayPal's website, it called Wednesday for "anyone using PayPal to immediately close their accounts and consider an alternative."
The move comes a week after the FBI arrested 14 suspected members of Anonymous for the attack on PayPal's website in retaliation for the company suspending the account of the whistle-blower site Wikileaks.
In a statement posted on the file-sharing site Pastebin, the hacker collective said it was "outraged" by the arrests of suspected Anonymous members "who are involved in ethical, modern cyber operations" against "corrupt and greedy organizations, such as PayPal."
The hacker group said PayPal has been assisting law enforcement to apprehend those who participated in the attacks and said the company continues to withhold funds from WikiLeaks, which it called "a beacon of truth in these dark times."
"The first step to being truly free is not putting one's trust into a company that freezes accounts when it feels like, or when it is pressured by the U.S. government," said the statement signed by Anonymous and the splinter group Lulz Security.
A PayPal spokesperson said the company has not seen any changes to its normal operations.
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