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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 4chan.org.

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 img.4chan.org subdomain was blocked.  According to CentralGadget.com, an internet spokesperson confirmed that the company was "currently blocking portions of the internet site 4chan.org."

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 4chan.org 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.



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Ahahaha
By smartalco on 7/27/2009 11:22:37 AM , Rating: 3
"The hacker group Anonymous is known to frequent the boards." - *facepalms*
Everyone on 4chan is referred to as 'anon', which, the more clever of you will have realized by now, is short for 'anonymous'. So far 2/2 of the DailyTech articles I have read this morning have said something completely and totally ridiculous.




RE: Ahahaha
By MozeeToby on 7/27/2009 12:21:34 PM , Rating: 1
You're right and you're wrong. While everyone on 4chan is identified as Anon, it is also a common gathering place for the group 'Anonymous', a loosely organized group well known for their anti-Scientology activities.

If you want to talk about what the writer missed, you would be better off mentioning the SYN flood DOS attack that was being launched on 4chan. This type of DOS effects other users even more than the servers being targeted, which is probably why ATT temporarily pulled the plug on 4chan.


RE: Ahahaha
By captainBOB on 7/27/2009 10:02:07 PM , Rating: 2
This "group" of which you speak of doesn't exist because Anonymous refers to everyone and no one. In other words, you could be anonymous.

The whole Anonymous group thing was made up by the media because there is no real way to describe their activities. You just bought into it.
There may have been a "group" in the beginning, but like most raids done by 4chan, ebaum's, etc.... it quickly breaks down to chaos.


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