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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 10:44 am
AT&T vs. 4chan

So normally I don't side with ISPs on issues like this, but in this case AT&T did the right thing in blocking 4chan. 4chan was sending traffic specifically intended to disrupt some users' access to the rest of the network, so AT&T was perfectly justified in blocking them as it did.

Yeah, they could've communicated better about it. But the /b/tards were being, well, /b/tards, and earned their blocking fair and square.

-- Des

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silentoutrage
silentoutrage
Phalanxfox
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)

/win


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kion
kion
Kevin Kress
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)

Blocking 4chan as just dumb. 4chan like anything else is a forum, the traffic was coming from somewhere else. Plus they're all going to be running through botnets anyway... blocking 4chan just pissed them off.

As sxephil on youtube put it yesterday... "What AT&T didn't realize is they were slapping their cock against a beehive. Which really isn't a good thing to do. Since the reaction AT&T has unblocked 4chan, but the bees are still angry. And now they have a mission"


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)

There's a difference between a DoS (which did originate from img.4chan.org -- read the article :p) and a bunch of trolls whining on a forum. One is harmless, the other is not.

AT&T unblocked them because the attack stopped, not because people were getting pissed off. Correlation is not causation. ;)

If the bees start stinging without provocation, then guess what? They're gonna get sprayed. Too bad for them.


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kion
kion
Kevin Kress
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)

I'm not defending 4chan's actions. I'm just saying AT&T's public response was dumb. blocking 4 chan doesn't stop the attack, it just pisses off the people who they blocked. I don't really see that they gained anything by blocking them for a short time.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Jul. 28th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)

Ah, I see. That's a more technical issue.

I assume if they blocked 4chan, they felt they had something to gain from doing so. They certainly have the right to prevent abuse of their network if it's affecting service to their customers -- whether or not blocking was the "right" solution isn't a question I'm qualified to answer.


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oakwind44
oakwind44
Oakwind Softlight
Thu, Aug. 6th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)

Even though it makes me lose faith in humanity, I still find it funny to watch 4chan denizens engage in illegal or harmful activities and then get mad when someone calls them on it or stops them.


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