by Mike Masnick

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Cyberattack That Brought Down Twitter & Facebook Only Highlighted The Guy It Hoped To Silence

from the whoops dept

Ajit Jaokar alerts us to the fact that last week's "cyberattack" seems to have given a much greater voice to a guy the attacks were designed to silence. If you haven't been paying attention, late last week, there were huge denial of service attacks on Twitter and Facebook, which knocked out both sites for a period of time. Apparently, the attacks were an attempt to silence an economics professor in the republic of Georgia, who online has gone by the name cyxymu. Jaokar noticed that cyxymu had very few followers on his Twitter account, but since the news has come out that he was the target of the attack, thousands of new followers have started paying attention to him. So whoever ran the attacks (cyxymu blames the KGB), which sought to first discredit cyxymu and then take him offline, seems to have only done the opposite. They've suddenly given him the world's attention.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2009 @ 8:23am


    Also, one thing about this notion of distributed delivery of service is that it may tend to add information borders to information making it more difficult for information to spread. Think of napster, the reason it was so successful and useful is because it provided a single server for everyone to communicate on hence removing information borders of who has what song.

    A solution could be to allow the different servers to communicate with each other, kinda like IRC (ie: Efnet) where you have a bunch of people connect to different servers and they talk to their local server and their local server distributes the information to various other servers which then distributes it to all the users on each server.

    But I don't think government interventions is necessary, any time the government gets involved all they EVER do (and I can provide example after example. Intellectual property that practically lasts forever, taxi cab medallions that add artificial scarcity to the process for no good reason, a corrupt FDA that takes away our health freedoms and plays corporate favoritism not based on product safety and effectiveness, but based on politics; an FCC that looks into the stupid RIAA's case over some high school that boycotted signed artists for one month two years ago, the fact that the government pays for most telecommunication infrastructure and yet they grant monopolies to special interest groups like cable and phone companies, the government funds a substantial amount of pharmaceutical R&D yet they grant economically unregulated monopolies (patents) to pharma corporations, the list goes ON AND ON AND ON AND ON, these thugs can't be trusted) is serve private interests at public expense. They can't be trusted and hence they should be left out of the equation because they will only make things worse. I don't mind having one centralized system, like twitter, because it provides broader faster communication, and then having a bunch of backup systems that people can go to in case twitter falls. However, to the extent that such backups are necessary the free market will naturally provide for them without our untrustworthy parasitic government getting involved because all they will do is find ways to server private interests at public expenses because that's all they have EVER done.

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