OK, so why is any of this information—about a company
completely unrelated to Six Apart—important background? Because
according to a post on the North American Network Operators Group
mailing list, at some point yesterday the people at Blue Security
decided that the best way to deal with the attack was to
point the hostname www.bluesecurity.com to their TypePad-hosted
The dishonor of Blue
Changing DNS records to
fend off a DDoS
attack is certainly a novel approach to the problem. And from reading up on
Blue Security, their spam fighting approach seemed to have pissed off the
major spammers enough to launch a DDoS against them.
But I suspect this has much larger implications than just if Blue
Security was right in what they did or not—it gives more fuel to the
AT&Ts and Comcasts that want to carve up the Internet into fiefdoms of
classed services, for our protection of course.
The little conspriacy theorist inside me
wonders if the likes of AT&T and Comcast aren't indirectly funding
spamming companies in the hope of pushing people over the edge into
accepting a more tiered service plan for our protections, of
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