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Web hosting biz DreamHost has been largely crippled today by a distributed denial of service attack, bringing down most of its services. The assault began at around 0920 PDT (1620 UTC) and quickly overwhelmed the company's systems, particularly its DNS servers. DreamHost's status page reports serious disruption to its hosting …

  1. Florida1920
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    Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

    A consummation devoutly to be wished. A shame to do it this way, but Stormer is reaping the whirlwind. Apologies for mixed metaphors.

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      1. Florida1920

        Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

        The BBC can be annoying...

        Yes, there's a direct connection between the BBC and Nazis. Stormer is a little worse than "annoying." Or haven't you bothered to look at it before spouting off. Geez, I'm glad the UK didn't feel as you did in 1939.

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          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

            "That's for the democratically controlled courts, not self righteous blowhards."

            The history of censorship has been dominated by influential minorities who imposed their viewpoint on the rest of a populace. Even in a representative democracy - the people setting the legal agenda are usually very authoritarian in their outlook. It is not often that a judge will override the establishment's censorship. When that happens the law is likely to be amended to remove the "loophole".

    2. Florida1920

      Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

      Perhaps some context is needed for you less-informed IT folks. You are opposed to censorship, and I appreciate that. What I said was, I'd like to see the Stormer gone. "A shame to do it this way," but gone.

      Someone tried to imply equality between a Nazi site and the Daily Mail and BBC. Sorry pal, but this is ignorance of the highest order. If you call yourself a Nazi, name your site after a Nazi newspaper and espouse Nazi ideology, you ARE a Nazi. What is a Nazi? Is that the same as a Conservative Republican? Far from it. Even the Conservative Republican site RedState.com was sickened by Trump's tiny-handed response to Charlottesville, where people carried Nazi flags through the street. Free speech? Okay, fine. But they are identifying with a regime that resulted in millions of deaths, simply because the victims were Jews, "Gypsies," gay, or mentally handicapped. Did the Nazi regime Stormer is channeling believe in freedom of speech?

      Anyone who wouldn't be happy to see all Nazi-advocating sites and newspapers disappear is not paying attention. You sure don't know history. Yeah, DDOSing Dreamhost is not the way, but making the alt-right, which is happy to lie down with and collaborate with Nazis ("unite the Right?" Bullshit. Unite the racists -- pay attention to what they say and with whom they associate) struggle to find platforms to espouse their inhuman crap is simply humane.

      Hating what Nazis stood/stand for has nothing to do with being a bleeding-heart liberal. I've been a registered Republican and gun owner probably longer than most of you who downvoted me have been alive. Along the line it's been my misfortune to encounter a few neo-Nazis and have read their propaganda, going back to the 1960s. These people are a threat to the ideals of the American republic. In Europe, their fellow travelers have acted out on their angry impulses and innocent lives were lost. So, yes, seeing their means of propagating their hatred driven off the Web is a consummation devoutly to be wished. If you espouse Nazi ideology, you are squaring for a fight. Poor widdle Nazis, they got their fight, and they're losing. Hurrah!

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        1. Florida1920

          Re: Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the Alt-Right

          The whooshing sound is the point going over your head.

          I'm not the one missing the point. Did I advocate for censorship? I said seeing the Daily Stormer go away would be a good thing. I also said it was unfortunate it took DDoS to get them. But if you're going to hate on people, you should expect some people to hate back on you. Tolerance is nice around the dinner table. Nazis have drawn their own line, and crossed it: Get rid of Jews, blacks, whatever else THEY HATE; it isn't the antifa who are drawing the line.

          If you seriously think a comedian would have stopped the NSDAP in the 1930s, I want some of what you're smoking. Charlie Chaplin tried that. But I think the RAF, Eighth Airforce and the Allied infantry played a slightly greater role in toppling the Nazis. There are, perhaps, other ways of which you might approve:

          https://twitter.com/MarkIrvine89/status/900335202962112513/photo/1

          Or maybe not. Many American corporations exercised their freedom to do business with Germany right up to 11 December 1941, when a Nazi regime declared war on the United States.

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  2. cincop8

    Who do you think you are, the NSA? Why on earth would you make wholly unverified statements? Such rubbish. The Reg is verging on becoming yet another meaningless rag for love starved adolescents playing with their dongles.

    Don't accuse people without evidence, just makes you look like an asshat.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      uh huh...

      One mans asshat is another mans hero.

      Guess you never stopped to think about that one.

  3. Dr. Cybrid
    Facepalm

    Okay.

    Lets take down ALL of DreamHost because Nazis. Who aren't hosted there anymore. And forget about DreamHost telling Trump to eff off when he demands to see details of everybody who ever visited disruptj20.

    Way to both miss the target AND show a lack of gratitude for saying no to Trump there guys.

    Don't get me wrong, by all means, feel free to go after the Nazi Websites, but ffs try not to hit everybody else BUT the Nazis.

    *facepalms*

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Okay.

      People who set themselves up as vigilantes are motivated by the role of being a vigilante. The validity of their targets are secondary to their feeling of increased self-worth by having apparent power over others.

      I'm sure Brass Eye had episodes satirising/parodying such people.

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

        Re: Okay.

        It bothers me that Brass Eye looks like real footage when I look back on it

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Judging by some of the comments lately on el reg I feel that some people want the government or some people to have a say in what you can read, what you can view and what websites you visit or are allowed to.

    Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that similar to what Hitler did?

    1. Long John Brass Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that similar to what ${bad_guy_dujour} did

      <grumble-rant>

      That's what all authoritarian bastards do... It's not a left or right thing. I'm pretty sure Uncle Joe Stalin did the same thing; That's whats missing from this little fracas... Intelligent debate, the ability to discuss ones opinions in a calm and sensible manor. But no it's all howling mobs with pitchforks and burning torches.

      And no, before you start in with calling me a alt-right nutjob; I'm not, but I'm not a alt-left loonie either. I support free speech, I support the freedom of association, I support the ability to entertain an idea without accepting it. Logic, Science and reason got us where we are today & we seem to be pissing it all away

      I'm tired of the howling shit-storm of stupid that seems to have broken out everywhere I look lately! and would like it VERY much if everyone just calmed the fuck down and shut the hell up for a bit.

      <grumble-rant>

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @Long John Brass

        I agree with you, it's getting silly because I don't think people have rationally sat down and looked the argument they are making.

        It's the I want to ban x part that makes me very uncomfortable because x becomes y which then becomes z and then were all living in a world where opinions are banned and freedom of expression gets you arrested.

        There are groups that produce articles and websites that I do not wish to read and will never read because they are far away from my own view of what is right and wrong but enough about the Daily Mail, everyone needs to chill.

    2. Claptrap314 Silver badge

      And Lenin. And Ho Chi Minh. And Mao. And Pol Pot. And everywhere that Socialists solidify their power. Not just Nationalist Socialists.

  5. Cranky_Yank

    Premature ejaculations

    I would not expect the commenters on a web site devoted to IT to go off at half cock. Nowhere in the article does it state who launched the attack. RTFA.

  6. Alistair Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Oh Oh Oh Oh! Mr Kotter!!! Mr Kotter!!!

    Uhhh ---

    Think I said it already on another thread:

    Yuuuup! Here it is

    OMG DreamHost being nuked by (wild random guess with strained logic)

    Perhaps its a pissed off FBI agent borrowing an NSA tool using a CIA intermediary in China on a Russian VPN through the Ukraine, via a Syrian helicopter carrying a chlorine gas barrel since she wont get the 3 million IP addresses that once touched a forum.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ?

    Serious question: Would hosting the DS in the EU be legal? Surely there's some law against hate speech and promoting genocide.

    1. samzeman

      Re: ?

      I was talking to an American friend about this, and what surprised me was their lack of anti-hate-speech laws. I was arguing the point that there are already laws stopping Nazis telling whole races to die, but apparently there aren't over there. There certainly are here. Germany definitely has some, and the UK does too.

  8. Jtom

    While everyone is looking at the dullards who make-up the alt-right, what is being missed is the very dangerous antifa group. The alt-right, neo-nazi-skinhead-whatevers, are loose, basically unorganized, financially-impoverished groups who like to make noise to get attention. Occasionally, a lone-wolf loon will engage in violence. I don't think there has ever been evidence of organized violence by them.

    The antifa's and other such leftist groups, otoh, seem to have a well-funded, inner core that plans violent activities. They instagate violence with any rightwing group who tries to meet, whether it's the alt-right meeting to praise the US Confederacy, or simply conservatives wanting to hear the President speak. Much of their violence is skantly reported by the MSM. It is they who destroy monuments, cars, and businesses. What is also not well-reported is that ads are being placed on on-line services seeking to PAY people to join their protest in cities just prior to such activities. They are paying thugs to be thugs.

    The antifa is the biggest fascist group in the US, and it is seeking to silence all who would oppose them. This is the group that needs watching, and somehow de-funded.

    When you consider this, it makes perfect sense why these DDoS are being done by the left. They have the organization and money to pay people to engage in that activity, if not the skills, themselves. The alt-right are driving around, flying a bit of colored-cloth.

    1. activereachmax

      Cost of DDoS?

      "When you consider this, it makes perfect sense why these DDoS are being done by the left. They have the organization and money to pay people to engage in that activity, if not the skills, themselves."

      Launching DDoS attacks takes no real technical skill or investment... or organisation. The majority of DDoS attack traffic is launched by individual computer gamers against other individual gamers using tools marketed to them on easily located gaming/hacking forums. Any teen can do it. A whip round your local pub will likely get you enough to launch a week's worth of DDoS at a target of your choice. Alternatively a round of drinks.

      Perhaps the real risk here is societies that give young people disposable income sufficient to launch DDoS attacks against people or organisations they don't like but denies them the legal right to spend it buying rounds for their mates?

  9. Mike 16 Silver badge

    And nobody has yet mentioned

    the very real possibility that antifa and similar are the same sort that I recall from anti-war rallies in the 1970s, infiltrators from the very groups they are claiming to be opposing. You know, that somewhat suspiciously well-groomed young man who throws the first bottle and is grabbed by the police, but somehow never turns up in jail with the rest of you.

    Just sayin

    (Yeah, fun times. A housemate, a bit of a dick but not a violent sort, was commanded by an officer to drop a water-balloon he was holding. When he did, he was arrested for assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon and destruction of evidence - the balloon. Meanwhile, those guys who just showed up in the neighborhood and were urging all and sundry to join their rock-throwing were, as I said, suspiciously absent from any punishment)

  10. patrickstar

    I can recommend reading what the founder/owner of Daily Stormer has to write about this: https://andrewanglinblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/on-the-current-status-of-the-daily-stormer-and-the-weird-events-surrounding-it/

  11. lexxx

    Actually my site is generally politicized, there are steadily small amateur attacks, which even don't overload server until there is another post that nobody likes. After another attack I connected to Stormwall. Now attacks are mainly in comments. Why not to think about protection right away? I understood long time ago that the hotter the site the more support and protection it needs, and the dream host just got caught in crossfire (as well as a huge number of ordinary users).

    1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

      Why not? Because few people have the background to understand this issue up front.

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