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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Yesterday this Weblog was off the net. Not many people noticed, but I did. So was my email. It seems the hosting provider I used was under a denial of service attack. In other words, some little reckless "cyber terrorist" was using one or more PCs or servers to hit my ISP in such a way that their servers, or firewall, or network equipment literally could not keep up. The service went down and was unusable for 6 hours or more.
I don't just look at this as a denial of "service." Email and Weblogging are forms of free speech. This idiot or group of idiots was denying my rights. I expect this isn't the first time it's happened to my ISP, and it won't be the last. But it is the first time I've looked at the issue in this way. When people intentionally take out parts of they net, they cut off the speech of those people who are using the net, just as a repressive government keeps its people from having net access or freedoms.

And I hope they catch the bastard(s) responsible for my free speech outage.

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