AT&T Blocked Web Site To Protect Customers From Malicious Traffic
Blockage had some bloggers crying foul, invoking the network neutrality debate
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/27/2009 2:30:08 PM
The blockage had some bloggers crying foul and invoking the network neutrality debate.
"AT&T temporarily blocked access to the IP addresses in question for our customers," said the company in a statement on its Web site. "This action was in no way related to the content at img.4chan.org; our focus was on protecting our customers from malicious traffic."
AT&T removed the block, "after we determined the denial-of-service threat no longer existed."
Denial of service attacks are ones that can bring a site down by flooding it with requests. Such attacks recently were believed to be the culprit in disrupting some government sites, including the FTC.
Network operators maintain they need to be able to manage their network traffic flow for just such occasions. Their critics argue that too much control can morph into anticompetitive conduct or suppression of political speech. Both sides generally agree that reasonable network management is Ok, but how reasonable is defined as the larger question.
Gee, I wonder if the lying gutless wonders at AT&T restored 4chan's web site because they got a little nervous when CNN's citizen journalism site, iReport, featured a front-page story (believed to have been planted by someone from 4chan) that Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, had been found dead in his beachfront home after an all-night cocaine binge with a bunch of male strippers.
Typical of the way bullies and corporations with lots of money and lawyers but no brains or integrity behave, AT&T folded immediately after a group it tried to push around showed they were capable of fighting back.
Bribing corrupt politicians to get your way doesn't always work, does it?
Doug Dingle - 7/28/2009 12:49:32 PM EDT
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