Blue Security's Bad Publicity Week Continues: Accused Of Knocking Out Six Apart
from the headaches-at-Blue-Security dept
Blue Security is not having a very good week, it seems. The company already had mixed reviews, as some felt its efforts to knock out spammers by filling their web forms with bogus info went a bit too far towards vigilante justice. On Tuesday, the news started spreading that the company’s “Do Not Spam” list had been hijacked by spammers — which wasn’t entirely correct (but close enough for many). Instead, as has been predicted by anyone studying the idea of a Do Not Spam list, some spammers simply “washed” their list, and used the difference to figure out who many Blue Security users were. They then started bombarding those users with angry spam. At about the same time, Blue Security was hit with a massive distributed denial of service attack. Whether or not it was set up by the same spammer isn’t clear — but certainly seems likely. Shifting gears for a second, late Tuesday, a number of people noticed that the blogs they had hosted by Six Apart had been knocked offline. Six Apart has had some struggles over the last few months — so many chalked it up to more growing pains. However, someone is now claiming the two stories are connected. Digg points us to a story claiming that after Blue Security’s site went down, they pointed their hostname to a typepad blog, effectively moving the denial of service attack right into Six Apart’s lap. The writeup makes it sound a lot more nefarious than it might really be. Blue Security probably figured that since their site was down just as the other problem was happening, they might as well direct people to their blog for more info… without realizing that the impact might take down all of Six Apart. Either way, it appears Six Apart has been careful not to place the blame on Blue Security… but as the story spreads (even if Blue Security had the best of intentions), it would seem that this just isn’t Blue Security’s week.