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This is a semi-public place to dump text too flimsy to even become a blog post. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you have a lot of time to waste. You'd be better off at my livejournal. I also have another blog, and write most of the French journal summaries at the Eurozine Review.

Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Anonymous take down

This is a pretty impressive success for Anonymous, taking down a very prominent site.



In an attack it is calling "Operation: Payback", a group of online activists calling themselves Anonymous appear to have orchestrated a DDOS ("distributed denial of service") attack on the site, bringing its service to a halt for many users. Attempts to load are currently unsuccessful.


Interestingly, this is sandwiched half-way between being a mass action, and being merely the work of a small, elite group of hackers. I'm not sure what system they're using, but the 'distributed' element of the DDoS almost certainly comes from thousands of /b/tards running some code on their own machines. For that matter, it could well be that a bunch of them are sitting on and hitting refresh. 

Mastercard statement: "MasterCard is experiencing heavy traffic on its external corporate website – We are working to restore normal speed of service"

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