Sunday, June 24, 2007

Denial of Service Attack on Shakesville

For a while now there has been a denial of service that has put Shakesville into shutdown. However, the old site Shakespeare's Sister is, by a stroke of luck, still up. There is a lead post where you can leave your best wishes for 'Liss and engage in some gloves off, wildly profane troll baiting.

Happy Hunting Ya'll.


Blogger Sherry said...

i wondered what had happened.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous amish451 said...

...what had happened ...
via litbrit ..came a note that "rape apologists" may have been responsible for the attack ...

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I don't doubt that it's about rape. The last post she had up before the attack began was another one about the flippant use of rape. So far as I can tell she's attracted the attention of far more misogynists since Donohue opened his fat arsehole in false complaint about Shakespeare's Sister.

- oddjob

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Dark Wraith said...

Good evening, Minstrel Boy.

My suspicion is that it wasn't one post: distributed denial of service attackers rarely set off their barrages over one point. Although some total amateur geeks are getting into the game in big and small ways, the hard core gang goes after specific targets:

1) Institutions, to prove they can do it;

2) Websites that are threatening something they're doing (like the massive attack awhile back on the anti-spamming site);

3) Individuals who have become an overarching annoyance the attackers finally construe in their twisted minds to be a threat.

The above three are not the only reasons, but they're principals, and they are not mutually exclusive reasons.

Eventually, there's going to have to be a crackdown on a scale that will put lots of people behind bars. Unfortunately, that's going to require, among other things, legislation, huge amounts of funding, and international coordination with an iron fist laid down on countries that refuse to deal with the weak and sometimes complicitous servers in their jurisdictions. It's also going to require a crackdown on "reputable" server administrators here in the United States (among them, academic servers whose admins cry crocodile tears about how they can't do anything about IP flippers using their "onion servers"); and it's also going to require that ICANN be slapped until it stops acting like nothing in the whole universe is its problem.

The bad part is this: the required instrumentalities almost all require a far more active role by the government, and we've got a government that cannot be trusted a millimeter with what is going to require light-years of oversight authority. And putting the oversight into the hands of the private sector means handing the keys to the likes of privacy violators like Google and Yahoo, who would dearly love to pretend that they should be leading any NGO oversight mechanism.

The problems have resolution, but the prospects of good work-outs aren't bright, given that there just aren't a whole lot of good guys out there to help us.

The Dark Wraith has had his naysay.

8:50 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Thank you so much for telling me about the puppy picture. God, it's so cute! Does it still have puppy breath? There is something magical about that least to me.

I love the avenger snake story.

I missed your one year anniversary while I was away so please accept my late but deeply sincere, congratulations.

8:10 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

chico takes his membership in our herd seriously too. i'm sure that before he came to us he encountered his share of snakes and learned both his aversion to them and the appropriate countermeasures. i haven't had him checked but i would imagine that both chico and sally are either immune to the effects of snake venom or have a very stout resistance. the antivenin that the doctors use is dried horse plasma.

chico showed absolutely no signs of having been bitten which means that he is either immune, or extremely agile.

8:26 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

good morning dark wraith:

who knows what the imagined provocation or even the perpetrators might be? if they were "merry pranksters" one might be able to count of them to snitch themselves off crowing about their victory. still, it sounds like that even with a confession there simply isn't all that much to be done.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Dark Wraith said...

Good morning, Minstrel Boy.

Something can be done. The consequences might be minimal, but they could be otherwise.

I just can't tell, although I have a bad feeling there's a small possibility of something approaching all-out war, a funfest only the cyber-idiots would look forward to, and that's because they're either too stupid to know what it would look like, or they're too completely detached to care. (And on that score, be thankful those anarchists who get their jollies smashing windows at G-8 meetings are mostly nothing but rampaging vandals looking for an excuse to wet their diapers and destroy property.)

One way or the other, any concept of "law enforcement" in some huge tit-for-tat-gone-wild would be a bad joke of the least well-armed taking pot shots at the good guys during a multi-sided barrage.

Fortunately, I don't think we're anywhere near some Armageddon of the Internet: those few who have the capability don't (yet) have the inclination; and those many who have the inclination don't (yet) have the capability.

At the same time, there's not a whole lot of good reasons to pull the lid off the Sewer to Hell and holler, "You guys down there wanna fight?"

The Dark Wraith likes to leave the sewer system alone whenever possible.

9:31 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

indeed dark wraith, i do agree things like sewers should be left alone. to say nothing of the silly thinking that would lead one to want to fight things that live down there.

it's the same experiential learning that has kept me from going after wasps in the barn with a broom. minimal desired results, huge, angry downside.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous tata said...

I love that cloud of smoke whenever the DW appears...cough! cough!...Mmm! Cinnamon!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Dark Wraith said...

The Dark Wraith once again forgot to sweep away the cloud of evidence before he departed.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous tata said...

Evidence? I'm from Jersey. An' I never saw yous.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Dark Wraith said...

The Dark Wraith always did know where the best friends could be found.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, it's not that unusual for social wasps to be predators of other insects. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that they are actually suppressing the barn's fly population, and if so, then as long as the nest doesn't become an actual imposition on life in the barn they may well be a net benefit.

- oddjob

3:58 PM  

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