Bank announced on few days before that “This decision is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments,”
Similar moves had also been made by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal earlier in this month. These refusals has certainly created lots of problems for Wikileaks to raise funds to support its working.
Wikileaks also didn’t kept itself silent after this move from Bank of America by urging to its supporters by saying “We ask that all people who love freedom close out their accounts at Bank of America” on their Twitter Page.
Earlier this month, Internet “hacktivists” operating under the label “Operation Payback” claimed responsibility in a Twitter message for causing technical problems at the MasterCard website after it ended its relationship with WikiLeaks. PayPal saw its website subject to an attack that slowed it down but did not significantly affect payments.
Bank of America’s website offers access to customer accounts through its home page, but it could be a tough nut for hackers to crack, security experts say.
No financial institution can “fully keep the bad guys out,” said Rich Mogull, an analyst and CEO with the security research firm Securosis. But he added that customers shouldn’t worry about WikiLeaks supporters plundering their accounts, because the bank has plenty of practice in warding off hackers. Also, previous attacks in support of WikiLeaks haven’t targeted customer accounts.
In an interview with CNBC few days back, Assange said his organization plans to soon release information about banks, and he told Forbes magazine last month that the data would show “unethical practices.”