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Originally posted by Marshall Ormus
reply to post by fleabit
I will let you into a secret, you can contact your ISP and instate an account side (ISP side) block on ANY website or domain you want blocking on your account and yours alone. I have younger family members visit for extended periods of times and I talked with a representative of my ISP to get an account side block on any racial hatred and porn sites that they know off and sure enough the next day I had a test to see if it had occured and it had.
Originally posted by fleabit
I don't think ATS has much to worry about, honestly. This site is nothing like that one. If that is the main concern, I wouldn't let it bother you too much.
My biggest concern is that sites like 4chan will further limit the Internet. While you folks are screaming "censorship!," you are drawing plenty of attention to the issue. I have a feeling many folks are oblivious to sites like that. Why are we giving TPTB *further* reasons to try and censor access to the Internet even more?
And no, sites like this did not "always exist." I've been browsing the Internet since '85 or so, and it's nothing now, like it was then. Fast connections, video, and database like sites that, allow instant access to the worst out there. It has changed, and the more folks scream "omg you can't censor it!," the more it will get censored.
There has always been limits on certain things, like pornography, in our society. The more in the open sites like these become, the more those powers will focus on them and limit them.
So if you REALLY wanted to support sites like ATS and the Internet as a whole, you wouldn't be defending sites like 4chan. It's sites like those that will cause the entire tower of cards to come tumbling down.
I only mentioned GTA because it is like 4chan in a way. It was that game in particular, that made certain groups and powers to start further watching, limiting, and rating games. Many games that might have been pretty cool, were watered down to meet some gamer rating so they could sell it to kids. It was GTA that spearheaded that attack on the gaming industry. Yelling "omg it's censorship!' won't stop them from limiting it at the end of the day.
And while some of you may be model parents, unless you put your kid in a bubble, you will not stop their accessing these sorts of sites. There are too many places and ways to do so now.
Here's what happened:
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 our img.4chan.org 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 their statement 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.
Beginning Friday, an AT&T customer was impacted by a denial-of-service attack stemming from IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org. To prevent this attack from disrupting service for the impacted AT&T customer, and to prevent the attack from spreading to impact our other customers, AT&T temporarily blocked access to the IP addresses in question for our customers. This action was in no way related to the content at img.4chan.org; our focus was on protecting our customers from malicious traffic.
Overnight Sunday, after we determined the denial-of-service threat no longer existed, AT&T removed the block on the IP addresses in question. We will continue to monitor for denial-of-service activity and any malicious traffic to protect our customers.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
reply to post by makkerskilap
Yeah there are periods when nothing special happens. It's entirely up to the users and the content changes fast.