Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The DDOS assault on Whale Oil Beef Hooked.


Cameron Slater's Blog, Number one in New Zealand, has been unreachable for days now and I for one find that very disturbing.

Yes Slater's team post some challenging stuff, news, opinion, videos from within NZ and overseas.
The posts are sometimes, in a current descriptive, "edgy".

Whatever your take on the amorous and dodgy behaviors of recently re-elected Mayor Len Brown, the dealings around Hell Pizza franchises, Many things politicians of all hues would rather never made headlines, inner workings of political parties around finance, candidate selection and mp behavior plus some very interesting goings on in the wide world, Slater's blog unearths stuff that otherwise would never see ink on paper or create TV images.

There is absolutely no compulsion for a single one of us to even visit his blog but just as some who would rail about who can access, Playboy, Penthouse, Red Alert, The Standard or any other repository of pornography, in error carry on as if they were compulsory activities.
Sheesh the greatest right the interwebby has delivered is freedom of access to information on just about anything one wants to know about.

Threats to that information flow being disrupted are recurring, remember how Y2k threatened civilisation as we knew it, various tales of how a national armed force could be paused with a cyber attack on comms and weapon systems. Some Governments, for obvious reasons limit, control or prevent citizens accessing the Web
Slater's busted blog is a reminder of what might  be achieved, by a deranged misguided individual
Rumours abound as to cost, hardware/software needed, where the DDOS attack could be initiated, then carried out from and the big question WHO.

Who might be motivated sufficiently to risk reputation, livelihood and even freedom if found to be complicit.

Well Cameron Slater does not want for suspects;
Mayor Brown and his spin team,
Mathew Blomfield,
Martyn Bradbury,
Kim Dot Con and his troubles with Uncle Sam,
The internet party and Alister Thomson,
POA Unions,
Various minions in The NZLP,
National Headquarters and executive,
The Standard to mention a few.

Now whatever Slater does, has done, or might do in future does not, ever, ever  earn death threats, rape of his daughter or any other threat to his family, friends or associates.
I have removed some troubling comments from my very inconsequential efforts here on No Minister, but pretty innocuous compared to what has been threatened to Cameron Slater.
A couple of "cant wait for you to be dead",  "you should be careful we know where you live" and one " I would come and sort you out but I can't be bothered".

What Slater is reputed to have said re the passenger killed in the estimated 150 kph rollover and collision with a house, who is a sibling of one of the Pike Mine dead, clearly was seen as insensitive and in poor taste but the quoted retaliation on social media is way OTT and completely unacceptable.
Of course had that wreck ended in a bedroom with half a dozen teen girls having a sleepover, sentiment would have been somewhat different.

Whether the DDOS attack is related or as I suspect coincidental albeit maybe launched under the cover of the reaction to his 'feral' post, remains to be seen.
That said freedom of speech is the greatest weapon available to free people, It shattered the Berlin Wall, something I believed would never happen in my lifetime, when it was erected over half a century ago.

There are so many quotations on freedom, below is one that resonates with my self image;

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” 
― Robert A. Heinlein

This shutting down of Whale Oil beef Hooked should be viewed seriously by every free thinker who ever visits the Bolgosphere when where or why, the mind that precipitated the DDOS attack should trouble all who do so.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

tough shit live by the sword, die by the sword.

Gnr39 said...

That would be nice wouldn't it Anon, in the civilised society you live in. Bet you've never faced a sword anyway.

Adrian said...

What Slater is reputed to have said re the passenger killed in the estimated 150 kph rollover and collision with a house, who is a sibling of one of the Pike Mine dead, clearly was seen as insensitive and in poor taste.

Yeah. Fancy that.

Psycho Milt said...

I'm trying to find it within myself to give a shit that, out of the many web sites suffering a DDoS attack at any particular time, right now it's his one... nah, not working. No shit to offer.

Watcher said...

"I'm trying to find it within myself to give a shit that, out of the many web sites suffering a DDoS attack at any particular time, right now it's his one... nah, not working. No shit to offer"'

LOL

"Slater's busted blog is a reminder of what might be achieved, by a deranged misguided individual"

Gezz nearly in the Grave one that's a real long bow.
Slater then world cyber destruction.
What you on old man?




Shane Ponting said...

It is actually possible to mitigate a DDoS onslaught, and if Slater doesn't care to either demand that level of care from his host or invest more time in the details himself - then I've got limited sympathy.

Google DDoS proof webhost or DDoS protection. Plenty of smart geeks out there to help you stay available.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's a result of that Huawei contract John boy signed.

Ciaron said...

Going to have to side with Milt here. BTW, is anyone else having trouble loading KB?

Edward the Confessor said...

If Slater had any redeeming features or social value whatsoever it would be easy to care, but nah. Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe some of the comments here. Typical leftists - freedom of speech is only right when it involves higher taxes and less freedom.
JeffW

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you. Freedom of speech, it seems, only matters, if they are saying what you want to hear.

I also have a problem loading KB as well.

Odd Ball

Edward the Confessor said...

Slater has the right to say what he wants. I just don't care that he's having trouble smearing his shit over the internet. It's pretty simple, fucktards.

Anonymous said...

Sticks & stones...


Odd Ball

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Likewise, can't load Kiwiblog.

What now, all the Slater Haters?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

And not a whisper anywhere to be seen in or on the Antique Media.

Funny that.

Frank said...

"Anonymous said...

I can't believe some of the comments here. Typical leftists - freedom of speech is only right when it involves higher taxes and less freedom.
JeffW"

Funny. You go to the Kiwiblog website and check out the number of "hidden" posted messages because they were ranked "unpopular" by Farrar's fans.

Sorry, what was that you said about freedom of speech and leftists?

Anonymous said...

So Frank, you are equating popular will expressed by down votes made by individuals expressing their views, to an illegal activity undertaken by someone who wishes to stop anyone reading and participating in the most popular blogs in the country, and possibly the second most popular blog as well (KB). The down ticks came after posting and the opportunity to read, not before.
JeffW

Anonymous said...

Slater now has no platform to mouth off from while at the same time pissed off West Coasters are telling him that he's gone too far with his big mouth and a few have volunteered to fill it. If anyone does such a deed, always go for a jury trial on the coast. Prosecutors always try and get their cases shifted from there for a reason. The locals have their own sense of justice.


Libertyscott said...

It's one thing to not care about his blog.

It's another to grant moral equivalency to those who offer death threats to him and others, because he has said something that "offends" them.

They have a right to free speech, on platforms they create or get permission to use, and nobody is required to like him.

However, those who think it is fair game to engage in violence against those they disagree with are savages.

In principle, it is little different from the delicate flowers who threaten violence against people who produce drawings of Mohammed.

Perhaps, it is sadly a reflection of the strong swing to illiberal principles seen in the left in recent years, that so many now think it is ok to shrug at violence done against people they don't care for, because they said something they don't like.

Anonymous said...

The threats against Blubberboy aren't serious. It's high time the malingering fool got a regular, paying job. Perhaps it's time for Daddy to put his son on a shorter leash ?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I reckon there are two potential suspects.

It's either a fat fraudulent Frankfurter or a korpulent Kraut konman.

Frank said...

@ Libertscott - "It's another to grant moral equivalency to those who offer death threats to him and others, because he has said something that "offends" them."

Who is granting " moral equivalency"?!

I haven't read very many comments endorsing that aspect of this issue.

Nearly every comment I've read sez that (a) death threats are unacceptable (b) Slater original comments have gone too far (c) people have reacted accordingly, with anger.

@ JeffW - "can't believe some of the comments here. Typical leftists - freedom of speech is only right when it involves higher taxes and less freedom.
JeffW"

It's not his 'freedom of speech' that is being attacked. It's what he said with it. Freedom of speech cuts both ways, Jeff.

OECD rank 22 kiwi said...

So Labour threaten to ban facebook and end up closing down New Zealand's two most popular political blogs instead.

It's like 2008 didn't happen