Blogetery Closure Due To Bomb-Making Tips; Still Not Clear Why Entire Site Went Down

from the overreact-much? dept

Last week, we were confused as to why 73,000 blogs from Blogetery were taken offline due to some unnamed government agency, and now details are starting to come out. Greg Sandoval at News.com, has the latest, noting that the FBI told Blogetery’s ISP, Burst.net, that there were bomb making tips found on the site, and rather than just getting rid of that one blog, Burst.net (not the FBI) decided to take down the entire Blogetery account. Either way, as we noted originally, taking down all 73,000 blogs seems like a total overreaction — it’s just that the overreaction was by Burst.net, rather than the FBI (who didn’t even tell Burst.net to take down that one page — but just requested info on who had created the page).

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weneedhelp (profile) says:

Re: Overreaction Is One Thing...

Reading comprehension is a little poor there huh Evil AC?
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100716/04053910248.shtml

“but claiming that some mysterious law enforcement agency”
Dont see where that claim was ever made.

Comment from ISP:
“this was not a typical case, in which suspension and notification would be the norm. This was a critical matter brought to our attention by law enforcement officials. We had to immediately remove the server.”
“Simply put: We cannot give him his data nor can we provide any other details. By stating this, most would recognize that something serious is afoot.”

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Overreaction Is One Thing...

Reading comprehension is a little poor there huh Evil AC?

Not at all, anonymous one who needs help. Help reading, apparently.

This was a critical matter brought to our attention by law enforcement officials. We had to immediately remove the server

They now admit that they “elected” to remove the server, not that they “had” to.

We cannot give him his data nor can we provide any other details.

Now that it has made the news, they suddenly find that they actually can, indeed, provide other details after all.

Let me know if you need more help reading, weneedhelp.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Overreaction Is One Thing...

Dont see where that claim was ever made.

What are you, blind or just an apologist? Cnet is reporting that the company even admits that it “erred in telling Blogetery’s operator and members of the media that the FBI had ordered it to terminate Blogetery’s service.”
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20010923-261.html?tag=topStories2

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Overreaction Is One Thing...

“Since when is the FBI ‘some mysterious law enforcement agency’?”

They were “mysterious” while Burst.net refused to identify them. If you truly didn’t know that they were a law enforcement agency then your ignorance is probably beyond my ability to help you.

imbrucy (profile) says:

Re: mass exodus form the usa for web hosting begins

While that is likely to happen to some extent, I don’t think it’s necessary. The problem here was not due to the US. The FBI didn’t request even the single site taken down. They only wanted to information on the poster so they could handle the person directly. I think this is actually a very reasonable response by the FBI. The problem was in Burst.net panicking and taking down not only the sight in question, but all of Blogetery. That was just a huge mistake on the part of Burst.net.

John Livingstone says:

Blogetry take down

I would seriously inquire,(by a legal representative), as to whether there was a Signed order from a Judge, ordering the removal of the violating material, and request a copy.
As for Burst.net taking down the whole 73,000 blogs, sounds like a threat via the FBI that their company would be in ‘jeopardy'(investigation) should they not comply with their request.
The more details/information, the better understanding we all will have as to the ‘clandestine’ operation methods of the FBI and other Authorities with respect to their true powers under the Homeland Security Act.
Also, if the FBI was so “Concerned” with the information on one or more blogs, why not take those specific blogs down, and investigate those who posted them??!!??

At most, maybe your content review person should receive some punishment for his/her failure to ensure that kind of content doesn’t remain on your blogs.
Good Luck either way.

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