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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

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.

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By MatthiasF on 7/27/2009 4:38:41 PM , Rating: 2
Latest news, AT&T and several other ISPs were hit by an ACK DDOS from 4chan's IPs.

As I said, seems like they had a good reason.

By Jalek on 7/28/2009 1:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
You know.. most switches don't acknowledge anything without first getting traffic. Maybe it was AT&T's users who were hosting the DDoS and the acks were legitimate.

Everyone seems to be assuming the AT&T's addresses were spoofed. What if they weren't and 4chan was more the victim than the perpetrator?

Several other ISP's as well? Ever hear of a botnet?

By MatthiasF on 7/28/2009 2:19:10 AM , Rating: 2
You know.. I'm so glad you bothered to read the article and the thread before commenting. If you hadn't, you might look foolish.,22769846


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