Print 47 comment(s) - last by BailoutBenny.. on Jul 28 at 3:03 PM

AT&T knows how to warm the hearts of internet users

AT&T is known for often taking stands unpopular with its customers.  Even Apple has indicated that it is growing impatient with AT&T for, among other things, not allowing MMS messaging on the iPhone.  However, AT&T may have bitten off more than it realized when it decided to block portions of popular internet meeting place

The site which receives 150,000 to 200,000 messages a day certainly has plenty of offensive comments.  And it’s often used to launch everything from internet pranks to serious attacks.  The hacker group Anonymous is known to frequent the boards.

Apparently offended by the board, AT&T decided to block its internet users' access to it.  Starting at 10 a.m. PST on Sunday, the subdomain was blocked.  According to, an internet spokesperson confirmed that the company was "currently blocking portions of the internet site"

AT&T's spokeperson reportedly said that the block was "following the practices of their policy department."  The spokesperson reportedly claimed to have contacted site owner Christopher "Moot" Poole and received a list of demands.  Mr. Poole says he was never contacted and is confused at AT&T's claims.

Now the company has finally restored access to the site, but that hasn't stopped anti-AT&T groups such as "Project AT&T" and "4chan4ever" from popping up.  Among their first efforts was to start a Digg campaign falsely proclaiming that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson had passed away.  More efforts are expected to launch today.

Many are speculating that there must be more to this story -- some sort of attack originating from that hasn't been reported yet.  Otherwise, it's hard to believe that even AT&T would be brazen enough to kick such a noisy hornets’ nest.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Wow... I mean WOW!
By TheEinstein on 7/27/2009 10:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Something had to have happened in the background for this, and the repercussions... it's like opening pandora's box for just a peak..

Why would AT&T do this unless there was something that really pissed them off... Or are they part of one of Anonymous's earlier battles come to light? I know Anon has pissed off the Feds by hacking a few embassies, made a mortal enemy with Scientology by going toe to toe (in admittedly a most stupid manner, no allies = fail) with the cult, and of course all Harry Potter fans with their revealing a death outside movie theaters...

But this is one group which lives on internet based strife and chaos. They are inept wannabe's when there is nothing to organize them, but when they are angered they become the lightning and thunder of a storm... As well AT&T just handed 10,000+ accounts to their competition for sure.

RE: Wow... I mean WOW!
By MrDiSante on 7/27/2009 10:25:50 AM , Rating: 2
Something tells me AT&T's in for a waaaaay larger $hitstorm than just losing 10 000+ accounts. Anon tends to use more extreme methods of showing their displeasure when compared to taking their money elsewhere. As in hacking everything and anything, bringing down servers, revealing personal and sensitive information, and whatever else they think of doing.

RE: Wow... I mean WOW!
By Xed on 7/27/2009 11:11:39 AM , Rating: 3
My guess is AT&T just loves ass play...

"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer
Related Articles

Most Popular Articles5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Laptop or Tablet - Which Do You Prefer?
September 20, 2016, 6:32 AM
Update: Samsung Exchange Program Now in Progress
September 20, 2016, 5:30 AM
Smartphone Screen Protectors – What To Look For
September 21, 2016, 9:33 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki