SciTechBlog   « Back to Blog Main
July 27, 2009

AT&T lifts Web site ban

Posted: 11:39 AM ET

Last night Internet Service Provider (ISP) AT&T began filtering portions of the controversial image board 4chan.org.

AT&T broadband subscribers found they were unable to access the infamous /b/ and /r9k/ sections of the site.

4chan.org is a system of message boards primarily dedicated to anonymous discussion and image hosting. The site's popularity is largely due to minimal posting regulations that stimulate a freewheeling, Wild West atmosphere.

The news of AT&T's filtering sparked a firestorm of criticism from blogs and Internet forums by contributors who believed AT&T was censoring content. 4chan fans and detractors alike condemned what they believed to be an apparent violation of net neutrality. Sites such as Encyclopedia Dramatica began calling on users to respond to AT&T with a show of anonymous force:

Flood the callcenters and inboxes of AT&T. Make them confirm that img.4chan.org (make sure its img.4chan.org and not just 4chan.org) is down. Then make the honest threat of service cancellation if this censorship isn't undone.

The objective of this little operation is to basically make sure that this precedent is not set. Make it absolutely abundantly clear that this [Internet censorship] is NOT acceptable to American consumers and this WILL NOT be allowed to happen, or else face financial and political suicide.

Anonymous posters also began to spread rumors claiming AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was found dead outside his home and that AT&T had stopped carrying the iPhone in attempt to affect AT&T's stock price.

By noon Monday, AT&T responded with the following statement:

Beginning Friday, an AT&T customer was impacted by a denial-of-service attack stemming from IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org. To prevent this attack from disrupting service for the impacted AT&T customer, and to prevent the attack from spreading to impact our other customers, AT&T temporarily blocked access to the IP addresses in question for our customers. This action was in no way related to the content at img.4chan.org; our focus was on protecting our customers from malicious traffic.

Overnight Sunday, after we determined the denial-of-service threat no longer existed, AT&T removed the block on the IP addresses in question. We will continue to monitor for denial-of-service activity and any malicious traffic to protect our customers.

It is unlikely that 4chan.org, or any popular web server, would engage in the illegal practice of denial-of-service attacks. Moot, owner and administrator of 4chan, offers another explanation:

For the past three weeks, 4chan has been under a constant DDoS attack. We were able to filter this specific type of attack in a fashion that was more or less transparent to the end user. Unfortunately, as an unintended consequence of the method used, some Internet users received errant traffic from one of our network switches. A handful happened to be AT&T customers.

In response, AT&T filtered all traffic to and from our img.4chan.org IPs (which serve /b/ & /r9k/) for their entire network, instead of only the affected customers.

In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part.

Though the cries of censorship and claims AT&T violated net neutrality may have been misguided, AT&T should have informed its customers before blocking such a large and controversial Web site.

I doubt that is a mistake they will make again.

Posted by:
Filed under: Digg • Internet • online news


Share this on:
Amino   July 27th, 2009 1:40 pm ET

They arent blocking part of it, they are blocking almost ALL of the site. What gives them the right to censor the internet? if they are going to block 4chan they might as well block all racist, porn, hate filled, and any other website at&t is either not making money off of or is not in agreement with their company. This makes me want to change providers! Stop the hate At&t!


Ei8ht   July 27th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

They're must've been a reason, was theyre child porn posted on the site?

I can't imagine them blocking just for racism or hatred, given the many other sites.


Drew   July 27th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

The official reason:

"Beginning Friday, an AT&T customer was impacted by a denial-of-service attack stemming from IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org. To prevent this attack from disrupting service for the impacted AT&T customer, and to prevent the attack from spreading to impact to our other customers, AT&T temporarily blocked access to the IP addresses in question for our customers. This action was in no way related to the content at img.4chan.org; our focus was on protecting our customers from malicious traffic.

Overnight Sunday, after we determined the denial-of-service threat no longer existed, AT&T removed the block on the IP addresses in question. We will continue to monitor for denial-of-service activity and any malicious traffic to protect our customers."


anon   July 27th, 2009 2:26 pm ET

This should be much bigger news than it is. A threat to free speech anywhere is a threat to free speech everywhere. What is this, Iran?


Anonymous   July 27th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

rumor running around: someone(s) spoofed img.4chan.org and started the DOS attack to make it look like it originated from 4chan. This is being looked into and will be dealt accordingly.


Aaron Curtis   July 27th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

To me this looks like ATT is WAY overstepping their bounds. I do not see how on earth they think it is lawful to just cut off a website due to reasons they will not disclose... Seems a bit suspicious to me.


Anon   July 27th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

The author of this story is such a /b/tard.


Anonymous   July 27th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Content was never the issue. 4chan was being attacked by a rival website. When 4chan deflected the incoming spam, it flooded at&t's servers. Basically, /b/ was shut down by at&t because of the malicious intent of another website.


Anonymous   July 28th, 2009 11:01 am ET

Good job Anon. We still have it.


Asher   July 28th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

Too bad it's over. 4chan is the cancer that is setting the human race back 80 years.


Ambergris   July 29th, 2009 12:20 am ET

AT&T's attempt to censor the internet was particularly retarded, considering their target.

There are the same folks who so helpfully showed that Sarah Palin and company were using a free email service to send government-related emails.


Zim   July 29th, 2009 3:49 am ET

Looks like AT&T got trolled.


techguy   July 29th, 2009 8:32 am ET

People, read the rest of the article, please! This was not a censorship act. If they wanted to censor something why would they only go to this one website and only part of it? They were getting Denial of Service attacks from those IPs so naturally they blocked them until the traffic subsided. When you are managing the network it is the correct thing to do. Don't believe everything you read on the internet!


Roche   July 29th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

ROFL. What AT@T should do is send along the address and contact information to the NSA blackops division of everybody who frequently visits 4chan and have them erased from this earth, permanently.

4chan is a cesspool of weaklings who share the exact same mindset as criminals 'in the real world'. I'd love to see a member of our internet providers build a massive catalogue of 4chan identities to be used later by contractors in a massive search and destroy mission.


Will G.   July 29th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

They should have issued that little announcement BEFORE they blocked the site, now it just seems like them trying to cover their tracks. I have ATT&T and it's alright, but if this happens again, especially to a site I actually use, then I'm switching no joke.


Jason   July 29th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

all I hear is QQ from the people who are tapping their veins like junkies when their fix is cut off for a few hours. Oh no, 4chan is inaccessable. The world may as well be over.

Get over yourselves, drama queens. Have you seen the internet lately? Blocking 1 server for 1 site would be akin to telling people in a brothel "Just don't use the left half of room #42." If AT&T was on some quest to censor the internet, they'd pretty much need to block 90% of content out there.


Ashi   July 30th, 2009 9:30 am ET

'before blocking such a large and controversial Web site.#

It is not THAT large of a site. Normal people don't actually care.


Andy   August 6th, 2009 11:40 am ET

When you become the victim of a DDoS attack (and I have), you don't have time to go around, inform all your customers that an IP address or small range of IP addresses are going to be blocked, you get it done, then inform them that you blocked an attack so those customers aren't denied service because of the DDoS.

AT&T did what it was supposed to do, and in the order in which it should have done it. You stop the attack, then inform people.

If physical (rather than cyber) terrorists began attack in your city, would you want the government go say, we'll wait till we inform everyone of the attack before we begin to stop it, or would you want them to stop it, then tell you all about it?


Anonymous   August 7th, 2009 12:42 am ET

/r9k/ is stupid. /b/ on the other hand is the only worthwhile part. and controversial? LOOK AT THE FIRST AMENDMENT!!
@Ei8ht There is always CP, ignoring it doesn't make it go away. Just sage the thread and let it die. Mods always catch on.
@Roche This is illegal and it wouldn't matter. learn you proxies idiot

In any case it was a deflection of a DDoS attack, according to m00tykins, AT&T just overreacted like the bunch of money hoarding pansies they are


School Science Experiments   July 10th, 2011 7:15 pm ET

Hello man,
This is an excellent post for such a difficult subject to talk about.

I look forward to reading more great posts like this one.

Thanks


corte-por-laser-madrid   May 7th, 2018 3:12 am ET

Estoy maravillado de encontrar esta web. Quer�a daros las gracias por escribir esta obra maestra. Sin duda he saboreado cada pedacito de ella. Os te tengo marcados para ver m�s cosas nuevas de este sitio .
corte-por-laser-madrid http://www.corte-por-laser-madrid.com/servicio/corte-por-laser.html


maschine aus zweiter hand   May 14th, 2018 3:07 am ET

Wertvolle Information . Fortunate Ich fand mich Website versehentlich zuf�llig und Ich bin �berrascht warum diese Ironie des Schicksals Unfall nicht fand im Voraus ! Ich merkt es.
maschine aus zweiter hand http://www.bibut.com/suche-gebrauchtmaschinen


reparacion goteras madrid   May 30th, 2018 4:21 am ET

Estoy sorprendido de encontrar este blog. Quer�a daros las gracias por publicar esta obra maestra. Sin duda he gozado cada pedacito de ella. Os te tengo agregados para ver m�s cosas nuevas de este sitio .
reparacion goteras madrid http://www.construccionesmafr.com/reparacion-goteras-filtraciones-humedades-chimeneas-cornisas-madrid


mantenimiento informatico   June 4th, 2018 9:47 am ET

Me gusta saborear y visitar blogs, aprecio mucho el contenido, el trabajo y el tiempo que pon�is en vuestro blog. Buscando en Yahoo he encontrado tu web. Ya he disfrutado de varios art�culos, pero este es muy adictivo, es unos de mis temas predilectos, y por su calidad me ha distra�do mucho. He puesto tu web en mis favoritos pues creo que todos tus posts son interesantes y seguro que voy a pasar muy buenos momentos leyendolos.
mantenimiento informatico http://www.telmar.es/i-s/mantenimiento-informatico.html


abogados alicante   June 25th, 2018 10:11 am ET

Genial, formato de tu blog! �Cuanto tiempo llevas bloggeando? haces que leer en tu blog sea ameno. El uso total de tu web es parido, al igual que el material contenido!
Saludos

abogados alicante http://ababogados.net


mantenimiento informatico   September 6th, 2018 4:49 am ET

Esto es realmente revelador, eres un blogger muy profesional. Me he unido a tu RSS y espero encontrar m�s cosas en este gran blog. Adem�s, !he compartido tu sitio en mis redes sociales!

Saludos


Justa Rogowicz   December 19th, 2020 6:30 pm ET

I and my buddies happened to be reviewing the good secrets from your web page and unexpectedly got a horrible feeling I never expressed respect to the web site owner for them. Those boys are already very interested to learn all of them and already have absolutely been having fun with these things. We appreciate you truly being considerably kind and also for having varieties of wonderful information most people are really eager to understand about. My personal sincere apologies for not expressing appreciation to earlier.

http://google.md/url?q=https://youtu.be/DYISRjtfuRU


Samira Sandin   December 20th, 2020 4:16 am ET

I do like the way you have presented this situation plus it does indeed give us some fodder for consideration. Nonetheless, coming from what I have witnessed, I simply hope when other commentary pack on that people today remain on issue and in no way embark upon a tirade associated with some other news of the day. Still, thank you for this excellent point and whilst I can not necessarily concur with it in totality, I regard your point of view.

https://google.fm/url?q=https://youtu.be/DYISRjtfuRU


Wangdzm   December 24th, 2020 12:45 am ET

Amagonista websites marked the internet gay and lesbian going out with

How to decide a gay a new relationship internet page

gay and lesbian dating site assortment in a large amount features of including the stores they supply, The demographics all the companies take into consideration, the method that they can authorize refer to concerning the subscribers, program negotiated fee, selecting dating and as well lots of other aspects. You can make the simplest gay matchmaking spot for near taking into consideration these categories ensure they meet with your own necessitates.

If you don't mind spending time in potentially bountiful doable gay travel companions of some year, battle or creed then you can search for those web sites might be the close search focal point. associated with the websites for instance a listing of persons attempting to locate a person, Which can develop selected features in essential.

now, usually there are world wide web sites delivered when you can look doing use of before understood key elements. this kind of heart increases the potency of the overall formula as well as effortlessly these sorts of sites should be able to have more everyday people as well as for this reason increase the opportunity of looking at a friend or acquaintance everything from users who register with him.

an additional component part that is essential when purchasing resource site which to work with the type is and of college diploma this agreement connect with endowed is between your in people. obviously it completely think about the best way you wish to deal with this matter. you can find webpages which usually purely shield one information as with mobile amount furthermore insures. for the other hand, you may find internet site which the surgery center of private chat rooms that permit stating of personalized points even though really feel doing this.

evidently charmdate.com reviews picking out a site that permits detailed call could very well work regarding favour besides opposed to you. specific constraints added to email have established yourself as a security amount and it will routinely restrict your individual access if you want to reach a potential lover. you need to completely find the different answers told her i would you when you realise to yourself with a site to make certain that you are entirely over joyed considering website runs.

they're individuals specifications that have been equally important in buying lgbt free dating online internet business. there are hundreds if not countless accounts entirely on a gay courting online site as well as it can be stressful operate the right path consequence of them to see a fit off the web. for the other hand, certain services share with them matchmaking hospitals where you obtain eligible gay beckons that complement your truth upvc profile. great deal your time, energy and it's also possible to get on with the company having to do with convention probability male partners routinely. it will be important to appraise the sort of data files to get made available on an internet site forward you buy. it is important because of the fact a number of website pages eat photo's luring you to become the site along with subsequently you discovered that barely any of an individual seriously be present!

maximum seriously, chances are you'll wish for you to select a lgbt escort source site that may be user friendly. an sites can be found tough to not like homosexual relationship world wide web sites slick platforms that help you rapidly speak and perhaps with others talk. special provides as online dating tips and as well tight expert articles may want to improve the value of the web site many (notably newest sufferers) benefit these sort of websites. If those sites make it easier for an evaluation period of beyond this concept working with these businesses earlier than purchasing sell is effective. with a top gay and lesbian internet dating experience it is recommended to discover a blog dating regarding complies with your preferences.


Yipqeh   December 30th, 2020 11:38 am ET

determine Canadian singles online at nova scotia internet dating

you require a friend and even a friend to actually high temperature you the actual. you add 't want to cover a good week with ourselves. Of genital herpes have should get is to participate in of will web pages of matchmaking of europe because of creating a good your personal promotion. this particular advertising campaign would certainly reveal a number of other registered users your unmarried and you are around for a love affair. one more Canadian single ladies along with the people is designed to phone clients.

my assist of predominantly relationships canada online is found, google, live messenger, aol, properly as other urgent cars of all find out. one should now form one or two phrase to get the Canadian webpages out of online dating free most requested as well as be disclosed with them. need to know join up to more than one source site that will the chance for a fixture right. A relationships spot won't be able give you adequate potentials to pick the right. The shared related with some websites dating higher toronto is definitely counseled hence you need adult females pick a qualified single different or Canadian men to individual. Of what you should have need is your working personal computer which specifically to be function as options for experiencing all of your correlate. that is required in addition,as well as a box of email is registered because you eventually will purchase e-mail addresses as soon as you conceived using the web an account.

already using the net appeared to be to typical in keep working for a long when the field of the internet thundering lately. The men and women like the method via the internet to look through date. They loathe to join the other Social systems to get in fondness as it's too trickier. When the single people desiring as well as her personell applying chapel, the main retail complex, And all of those other places, as they close trying to get to helpful tips not anything. The online websites about going ontario will probably be the points of interest to collect single people all the. You will get together your good encounter on these blogs. from which this way say you decided to find perfect in prefer? The damages amongst clubs your time and cash and rarely appear that you' accomplice everlasting cardiac of associated with over priced zones. which means that, the Canadian website along with latamdate scam romance can help you to seek a permanent link.

services using getting to know north america be connected as well as the Canadian in the community single men far away and. we all live procedure to search for the prefer on line is best system all of which one accomplish full time or have built up an populated each day. We you don't have much time to the sets to research on a date. we can purpose to address us. about the other hand, we need wish to weight each and every aspire. so, i actually visit web directories over getting to know canada to choose a date. investigation on top of a date on line is not hard today. The thousand as a results ture of greater members reached combined received off the floor personal courting equally year. the actual thousands regarding young ones Canadian got been on the web. you're a woman understandably a single man, Then the solution to obtain a real love would be of a site of internet dating of quebec.


Nena Denk   January 8th, 2021 8:40 am ET

Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Thanks a lot

https://Dreamproxies.com/buy-proxies


Cecil Piker   January 12th, 2021 12:38 am ET

I always visit new blog everyday and i found your blog.;”;“

http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com


Leave Your Comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.


subscribe RSS Icon
About this blog

Are you a gadgethead? Do you spend hours a day online? Or are you just curious about how technology impacts your life? In this digital age, it's increasingly important to be fluent, or at least familiar, with the big tech trends. From gadgets to Google, smartphones to social media, this blog will help keep you informed.

subscribe RSS Icon
twitter
Powered by WordPress.com VIP