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:


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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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  1. Posted by ace on July 29th, 2009, 10:01 [Reply]

    And once again, it NEVER fails with the incessant lying, as lying is a way of life for these hacker creeps. I salute AT&T for blocking viruses, trojans and nasty spider scripts, as that is what the REAL truth is as to WHY AT&T has flashed the middle finger [blocked] to 4 Chan. Why should AT&T waste time and energy in dealing with viruses, trojans and uncontrollable script programs emanating from the 4 Chan site?

    I don’t condone censorship and I certainly don’t condone lies “in the name of lulz”. The only thing 4 Chan has proven again and again, is that they are infantile and violent. A bunch of two year olds who go on tirades. And just like an out of control two year old, they need some REAL hard slaps from the school of hard knocks.

    Any consequences or denial of internet access to AT&T customers due to NAZI actions emanating from 4 Chan [or any other hacker creeps for that matter], I pray that they are caught, rounded up, prosecuted beyond the extent of the law, thrown in a windowless cell and locked up forever until the day they die.

    I commend AT&T for taking the step forward and I sincerely hope that other ISP’S follow suit ASAP. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Hackers cause destruction, chaos, waste everyones time and energy. Normal people on the net are SICK AND TIRED of these two year old tantrum antics that 4 Chan displays on a daily basis. These hacker creeps really and truly need to GROW THE F*** UP.

  2. Posted by Nickronomicon on July 29th, 2009, 12:52 [Reply]

    a.) how are the ‘Hackers’

    b.) As it clearly states in the story AT&T didn’t intentionally block them.

    c.) what the hell are you talking about here: ” I salute AT&T for blocking viruses, trojans and nasty spider scripts”

    d.) and here “Why should AT&T waste time and energy in dealing with viruses, trojans and uncontrollable script programs emanating from the 4 Chan site?”

    It sounds to me like you’ve had a hard time with those guys and I seriously suggest you go and fill one of these in:

  3. Posted by Anonymous on July 29th, 2009, 13:10 [Reply]

    Looks like someone’s a bit mad over missing the 149 Million GET.

  4. Posted by Ken on July 29th, 2009, 13:18 [Reply]

    haha, wow, I think that’s probably the same guy that got butthurt by an earlier 4chan article we did

  5. Posted by Ken on July 29th, 2009, 13:22 [Reply]

    this guy: “NOTE: Before you take this as an example of how “good” Anonymous can be, remember this: Anonymous administered the same “Justice” to McKay Hatch, who started the “No Cussing Club”

    But just to clarify: Anonymous didn’t administer justice; they only administered revenge. There is a difference.

    Justice was administered by the sheriff of Lawton, the town in which the events took place, who issued an official statement:

    “The horrifying day may be over for the cat, but it is just getting started for its abusers. We’ll put it together and take it to the D.A. It will be up to the D.A. whether or not he files charges or not. Our job is to put the investigation together as a case and take it to the D.A. and that’s what we’ll do”. — Sheriff Stradley,

    If anything, Anonymous was just happy to have a socially acceptable scapegoat to unleash their pooled hatred into. Now, here is your chance to witness something interesting: Anonymous members are going to flood the comments here, defending their actions against the animal abuser. They will defend their actions as though ganging up on a thirteen year old boy was a bold and heroic thing to do.

    Personally, I don’t think Anonymous should have the license to dish out revenge in this manner. They are far too hypocritical. One week, they are sending hookers and gay pornography to the home of Hatch McKay to punish him for his positive social message and then the next week, they go after some kid they know nothing about. They lack the discrimination and the sense of social responsibility to be allowed to enforce justice on anyone.

    And since when is anonymously organized criminal mischief a part of the legal process?

    Personally, I think we should have the whole clan investigated and put into public databases as “known vigilantes” and potential “enemy combatants”.

    Tom Newton”

    Is ‘ace’ Tom Newton?

  6. Posted by Daddy Tank on July 30th, 2009, 17:35 [Reply]

    If I was a retarded, acne ridden, mid-pubescent, snaggle toothed imbecile I wprobably wouldn’t record my hilarious voice, empty thoughts and hideous visage for posterity. I’d trhow them down a well. An oil well preferably. That’s on fire.

    Is Tom Newton “Ace” ? I don’t know but he isn’t ace. And neither is his shitty website.


  7. Posted by Jani on August 5th, 2009, 17:54 [Reply]

    4chan is an imageboard, that means people post there wallpapers and stuff. you can arrange any type of sub group there just as you can anywhere else, and you can not blame everybody else too on 4chan, just because some morons are there too, just the same way like everywhere else there are morons

  8. Posted by Nickronomicon on August 6th, 2009, 11:04 [Reply]

    Yeah but /b/ is full of cp obsessed fucktards though….funny and memefluential fucktards though :D


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