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Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
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Brittany
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1/14/2013 | 5:22:55 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
Wow, this is something else. It's one thing to protest and picket outside of business but doing so is not going to cost a company thousands of dollars in lost business like an outage would. Maybe a few customers walk away to avoid the protest but a DDOS is so much more destructive. What will they think of next?
Michael Endler
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1/13/2013 | 9:47:55 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
Yeah, I think several people here have it right: it might be legitimate if a DDoS attack involves hundreds of thousands of people trying to access a site simultaneously in a coordinated protest, but it's another matter when a handful of people (maybe just one?) use botnets. I can appreciate why the notion of corporate personhood makes the petition emotionally attractive in certain contexts, and I think there's a line to be drawn somewhere-- but, as Mathew points out, good luck if you expect the current Congress to find it.
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1/13/2013 | 11:28:41 AM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
Unless you can get quite a few others to freely use their computers in a coordinated attack, thus making it "distributed", then the target site will be able to thwart it pretty easily... automatically even.

One person with a picket sign (one computer launching a denial attack) does not much of a protest make. The more people join a protest, the more valid and effective it is.

The hijacking of computers for the bot-net seems clearly illegal to me though. A lot like taking hostages to use as human shields.

Perhaps then, it's a misnomer with consequences to call these "DDoS attacks," as those may be a valid 21st Century exercise of FoS. Instead, it is the computer hijackings that are the crime and, due to their number, might justify a fairly stiff sentence.
jries921
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1/13/2013 | 12:10:51 AM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
Now that's crazy. It's one thing to sabotage a computer system; it's quite another to deliberately kill or injure people to further one's political goals.
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1/12/2013 | 5:26:22 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
"Anonymous" are mostly 13 to 15 year old boy's. do we really give two fucks about the speech rights of a bunch of kids who's idea of great comedy is lol dong's?
slimj091
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1/12/2013 | 5:22:45 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
DDoS attacks suppress free speech. the attack is no more free speech than me screaming in someone's face who is trying to have an intelligent debate with me.
moarsauce123
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1/11/2013 | 11:47:50 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
So breaking other peoples stuff is free speech? What are they smoking?
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1/11/2013 | 9:17:06 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
Kinda like corporations drowning out the voices of real people by exercising their "freedom of speech" more loudly, more often and by contributing more money and being more influential than any real person can possibly be.
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1/11/2013 | 7:51:35 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
What a load of BS. What these self-righteous jerks are saying that they should be able to exercise their freedom of speech by denying somebody else's their's.
JerryJ
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1/11/2013 | 7:23:51 PM
re: Anonymous Says DDoS Attacks Like Free Speech
lgaryHB is spot on. DDoS is not freedom of speech, it's criminal tresspass. As for jail time, the members of anonymous are civil disobedients (well, some of them are, the others are just bored or in it for kicks). A civil disobedient's duty is to submit to the punishment prescribed by law.
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