Originally published: January 10, 2013
Last updated: January 10, 2013 - 8:27pm
A petition was filed on the White House's "We the People" website that aims to legitimize the use of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) as a legitimate form of protest.
“It is the equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage. It is, in that way, no different than any ‘occupy,’ protest,” the petition states. “Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time. As part of this petition, those who have been jailed for DDoS should be immediately released and have anything regarding a DDoS, that is on their ‘records,’ cleared.” Some have speculated that Anonymous is behind the petition—but Anons aren’t the only one making this argument.
- White House to respond to petition urging veto of online piracy bill
- Tech company, free speech groups to protect websites under attack
- White House's 'We The People' Petitions Find Mixed Success
- Myanmar's Internet Under Cyberattack
- Obama Administration Says It Won't Ask For Rush Limbaugh To Be Pulled From Armed Forces Network
- Japan has national botnet warriors; why don't we?
- Tech firms face netroots uprising
- Fewer online petitions posted to We the People website
- What Is the Democratic Function of the White House's We The People Petition Website?
- Attacks on company websites intensify
- BITAG Denial of Service Report
- The White House's New We the People Petition Website
- The White House's We The People Petition Website: First Year Report Card
- Biggest Day Ever of Online Protest in English
- News Objectivity and Political Conversation: An Experimental Study of Mad Cow Disease and Candlelight Protest