AT&T blocks 4chan? ED needs MOAR money!

Published on July 28th, 2009

Go Pedobear Go!

Go Pedobear Go!

Is this the begining of the end for true Internets justice? Well no, but it’s an interesting story anyway. From m00t the master of 4chan and the 35th most influential person in the world:

“Here’s what happened:

moot: Influential

moot: Influential

For the past three weeks, 4chan has been under a constant DDoS attack. We were able to filter this specific type of attack in a fashion that was more or less transparent to the end user.Unfortunately, as an unintended consequence of the method used, some Internet users received errant traffic from one of our network switches. A handful happened to be AT&T customers.

In response, AT&T filtered all traffic to and from IPs (which serve /b/ & /r9k/) for their entire network, instead of only the affected customers. AT&T did not contact us prior to implementing the block. Here is theirstatement regarding the matter.

In the end, this wasn’t a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T’s part. Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didn’t anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so.

We’re glad to see this short-lived debacle has prompted renewed interest and debate over net neutrality and internet censorship—two very important issues that don’t get nearly enough attention—so perhaps this was all just a blessing in disguise.”



So, all is cool in the world of Internet censorship. Something that is not cool however, Encyclopedia Dramatica (a totally unreleated site…amirite?) is in finiancial dire straits again, and needs your help. If, like me, you spend a large amount of your day loling at fools, then dig deep and keep this amazing show on the road! If my words of encourgement don’t spur you into action, then this smug twat will have to STFU:


Ken Eakins

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Ken Eakins is a Freelance Journalist, Academic, and Videographer from the UK. Ken started SittingNow in 2007 as a repository for all the esoteric and underground stuff that he enjoys researching. The map is not the territory!

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