Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Silencing a Hornet's Nest

Glenn Reynolds wrote in TCS Daily It seems like a lot of people are trying to shut up bloggers all of a sudden. It also doesn't seem to be working very well.

It is difficult to launch a denial of service attack for long, without people being able to track back where the attack is coming from, and hacked sites can quickly be restored from backups. And bloggers dont like to see other bloggers attacked, so many are going to highlight the hacked or temporarilly downed site, thus making it even more popular, and enabling even more people to see what ever people were trying to suppress.
One example from last week was a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack against a blog, Aaron's CC, that seems to have irritated some cyber-jihadis. (We don't know for sure where the actual attackers are from, but the attacks originated in Saudi Arabia, and it seems pretty clear what they don't like about Aaron's blog.)
Aaron does post some pretty inflamatory cartoons, but they are no worse than cartoons about Jews that appear daily in the Saudi press. If they want us to respect their religion, why can't they show an equal respect for other religions.

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