Anonymous fighting PayPal, a Swiss Bank, Mastercard and others Just so you're all aware, the uptick in guests here may become a spike due to these shenanigans: 4chan rushes to WikiLeaks' defense, forces Swiss banking site offline 4chan-based group ‘Anonymous’ targets PayPal to support WikiLeaks I'm actually surprised by how accurate this article is Project Chanology began after an internal Scientology video starring Tom Cruise was leaked to the internet by an unknown source. It was not exactly the most flattering of videos to the star, as his in-jokes about “SPs” (suppressive person) and KSW (keeping scientology working) helped hurry Cruise down the list of most sought after actors. Surprising no one, the Church of Scientology threatened legal action and claimed that the video was a violation of copyright before demanding that it be removed from YouTube. In response, Anonymous claimed that this was a form of Internet censorship, and began a series of distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks, on Scientology websites, which entails several systems flooding the bandwidth of the targeted system. The group also began prank calls and faxing in black pages. Soon physical protests were held, with protesters wearing the same “Guy Fawkes” masks worn by the hero in the movie and comic book V for Vendetta, claiming that they wished to remain anonymous to avoid Scientology’s “fair game” policy — which claims that a group labeled as a critic of the Church may be targeted for harassment and punishment by any and all means possible. The protests spread around the globe and went on for over a year.