Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lucia Marriage site shut down by webhost [UPDATE]

The stuff article should really have started with, "A website dedicated to defending the definition of marriage...", but never mind. What's pretty amazing is the scale of the attacks against the site after just a short time of being online. The gay marriage crowd show their true colours.

A website dedicated to opposing gay marriage has been removed from the internet the day it was launched after it was the target of one of the "largest unprecedented attacks" on a website in New Zealand.

The "Protect Marriage" website, launched today by Family First, crashed in a matter of hours as a result of a "large-scale denial of service attack" according to the site's webhost.

It was back up and running at 1pm, but had been removed completely by the webhosting company later this afternoon, to "protect its own servers".

"Due to large scale Denial of Service attacks against this domain it has been decided to ensure the stability and security of our servers and network, this account has been removed," said a message from 24/7 Hosting.

David Farrar, who does support redefining marriage to include two people of the same-sex, is annoyed the site has been shut down because he can't fisk it! But more seriously, even he is not happy with such an attack on freedom of speech. See A bad thing.

UPDATE: A commenter, Csanad on Kiwiblog suggests that sites that are subject to these sorts of attacks use ClouldFlare, a more advanced webhost that is constantly evaluating it's traffic for threats.  Here's an interview with the CEO and founder: Matthew Prince on how he founded CloudFlare – challenges, controversies, and his take on the startup scene. It's amazing how prevalent DNS attacks are - many of which are done for anti-competitive reasons.

‘The day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th, we saw a number of small-business flower shops come under attack: a purely financially-motivated essentially extortion scheme that said pay us a thousand dollars or we’ll knock your site offline on the busiest day‘.

Related link: Anti gay marriage website shut down ~ Stuff

8 comment(s):

scrubone said...

Hardly surprising though, given the torrent of abuse thrown at opponents of same sex marriage.

Someone clearly believes the vilification.

leftrightout said...

Any attack on free speech should be deplored, but you can hardly describe it as "The gay marriage crowd show their true colours."

Of course, no christians would set up a web site like this, would they?

Lucia Maria said...

LRO,

Christians are not totally immune from being demonically inspired.

leftrightout said...

Just one more reason why atheism, rationalism and humanism are better choices than a religion. If I'm an arse, its because I'm an arse - not because the devil made me do it.

I don't have a get out of jail free card, I have to own my actions and accept the consequences.

So, easy to see why religion appeals to so many as a way to avoid taking personal responsibility.

Ciaron said...

Nice strawman there buddy.

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Isumbras said...

What... intolerance from the preachers of tolerance, say it ain't so......

Lucia Maria said...

LRO,

The devil can't make you do anything - he can only suggest. It's not a jail out of free card at all, it's merely an understanding that not all our ideas for action are our own.

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