AT&T Speaks on 4chan Block

Topic started by gia on July 29, 2009. Last post by HSaabedra 5 years ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13


This morning I woke up to this statement in my inbox from Michael Coe, an AT&T Spokesperson:
"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."

Now, I'm aware that this could just as easily be spin as anything, but given the proclivities of certain members of 4chan, it seems pretty feasible to me...although were they spoofing the 4chan-related IP address, or did they manage to piggyback onto 4chan servers? I dunno...
Post by DJTyrant (118 posts) See mini bio Level 2
I'm inclined to side with AT&T on this one.
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
4chan WAS under a DDOS attack for nearly 2 weeks according to moot himself, so in this case the decision AT&T made seems perfectly reasonable as an ISP.
Post by HSaabedra (136 posts) See mini bio Level 4
It isn't reasonable when AT&T and other ISPs conveniently ignore their own protocol in order to resolve the issue.  Had this been a site other than 4chan, the shitstorm would have spilled over to mainstream media as another case of an ISP ignoring net neutrality. I also find it funny that so many are willing to swallow empty AT&T boilerplate without doing more research on their business practices as an ISP, which are routinely regarded as less than ethical and downright illegal in some cases according to former employees I've spoken to.

The sooner everyone realizes how AT&T screwed up, the better off everyone will be.
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