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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.


Date: 2011-08-05 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randrews25.livejournal.com
I repsoted!
I do admit it is annoying, but I like how they're doing their best amid all the madness and hatred :)

Date: 2011-08-05 09:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
DDoS attacks are pretty difficult to defend against - I've worked at sites which have been attacked and I know. It can be frustrating to not be able to get to LJ when we want, but on the other hand, I never went more than a few hours at at time without being able to get in. And they are trying to make it right by offering the extra paid weeks.

Date: 2011-08-06 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randrews25.livejournal.com
true, they could have handled things much worse!

Date: 2011-08-05 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joanwilder.livejournal.com
Welcome back! I thought of you all day Monday. Hope the flight wasn't too horrific. And now you have the heat again, huh? How did the rest of your trip go?

Date: 2011-08-05 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
It got pretty warm in London - 80-85f most of the days we were there, so at least it wasn't such a shock coming back here to 104f.

I'm playing catch-up at work now and also trying to get my sleep pattern back to normal. I'll send you a proper email later (and hopefully a story to beta soon!).

Date: 2011-08-05 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ausmac.livejournal.com
I appreciate that these problems are supposedly due to some sort of government attack within Russia, which is indeed a Bad thing. I strongly support freedom of speech and wish the Russian bloggers well. However, that doesn't reduce my annoyance at not being able to use a service I pay for. Either Livejournal has to put in place some sort of system to prevent loss of paid service, or I have to find another more stable blog (which is what, according to that linked article, Russian bloggers are doing). Staying around to support something I can't use is sort of counter-productive.

Date: 2011-08-05 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
I know - it can be really annoying not being able to get in.

But as a computer geek, I know that it is practically impossible to defend against DDoS attacks; it's simply in the way the Internet was designed. If Dreamwidth suddenly came under attack, the results would be the same.

I have too much invested in my flist and comms here to leave, although I do have things backed up at DW and IJ. Just better to spread the eggs over several baskets and not depend on one blog. My access to LJ was hit and miss, never lasting more than a few hours at at time where I couldn't get on.

Date: 2011-08-05 07:58 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] annephoenix.livejournal.com
Point!

.... you're back! :)

Date: 2011-08-05 09:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
I'm still 'glowing' with all the fun I had at the conn and in London! Now trying to play catch-up with LJ and work.

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