Umm...actually, the issue was covered by widely-read TechDirt
a while back.
Authorities Force 73,000 Blogs Offline?
from the that-doesn't-seem-right dept
TorrentFreak is reporting that a company, Blogetery, that hosted about 73,000 blogs, has been shut down by US authorities. Details are, admittedly, sketchy at this point, but the entire site has been taken down, and the company's ISP claims that they had to terminate the account immediately due to the "request of law enforcement officials, due to material hosted on the server." The ISP also claimed:
"this was not a typical case, in which suspension and notification would be the norm. This was a critical matter brought to our attention by law enforcement officials. We had to immediately remove the server."
That seems odd. If there was problematic content from some users, why not just take down that content or suspend those users. Taking down all 73,000 blogs seems... excessive. TorrentFreak speculates that this may be a part of the recent Homeland Security efforts to shut down file sharing site, and points to some evidence that there were at least a few Blogetery blogs that shared copyrighted works. However, no one's talking, and the ISP seems spooked, saying that it's "serious":
"Simply put: We cannot give him his data nor can we provide any other details. By stating this, most would recognize that something serious is afoot."
I'm still wondering what could be so serious that the specific problems couldn't be pinpointed? Taking down 73,000 blogs with no notice seems like overkill, no matter what the actual issue turns out to be.
In a follow-up article posted today
, TechDirt reports the reason this happened had nothing
to do with the government testing a "kill switch" and everything to do with ISP Burst.net
overreacting to a government request for information on a specific single blog page
by shutting down the entire
Blogetery website they were hosting...
Blogetery Closure Due To Bomb-Making Tips; Still Not Clear Why Entire Site Went Down
from the overreact-much? dept
Last week, we were confused as to why 73,000 blogs from Blogetery were taken offline due to some unnamed government agency, and now details are starting to come out. Greg Sandoval at News.com, has the latest, noting that the FBI told Blogetery's ISP, Burst.net, that there were bomb making tips found on the site, and rather than just getting rid of that one blog, Burst.net (not the FBI) decided to take down the entire Blogetery account. Either way, as we noted originally, taking down all 73,000 blogs seems like a total overreaction -- it's just that the overreaction was by Burst.net, rather than the FBI (who didn't even tell Burst.net to take down that one page -- but just requested info on who had created the page).
With all due respect to the folks over at Backwoods Home Magazine
, they'd better leave the tech reporting to the people who have at least a semi-clue what they're talking about and concentrate more on what they're good at.
Well intentioned but erroneous conclusions such as were drawn by the BHM article don't do anybody much of a service. It's easy to get indignant. Much harder to get your facts straight before you do.
P.S. If you want to stay on top of some of the shady doings in the infosphere, TechDirt
is probably the most reliable and least hysterical
source for information on everything from the shenanigans surrounding ACTA and the RIAA's copyright abuse program to anything else you need to be aware of in the area of dirty doings.
This site is definitely one for your feedreader.