Sunday, August 19, 2012

NSL Photography and the NSL Photography Blog are back up!

Hi All,

Update: Scott Wagner, GoDaddy's interim CEO said in the afternoon of September 11th, in an emailed statement, "It was not a 'hack' and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS). We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables."

I wish GoDaddy would get their story straight.

Whether hackers took down the site or not, hackers which do take down websites, or make public the private accounts of individuals, for any reason are criminals, and must be dealt with by our court system to bring them to justice for their criminal behavior which affects ordinary people everywhere.


On September 10, 2012, my registrar and intermediate URL host of my NSL Photography galleries, GoDaddy, went down at 10:20am. They returned to operation fully about 9 hours later.

Some weren't able to access my galleries at all, or this blog. I'm sorry for the inconvenience that caused some of my visitors.

They were apparently taken down by a single hacker group, Anonymous, as they have taken credit for the event, over their stance against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) which GoDaddy initially supported, but eventually pulled back from that support. Apparently it wasn't enough for Anonymous who has taken the law into their own hands as they have decided to be prosecutor, judge and jury.

While I disagreed with GoDaddy's support of the Acts, and publicly said so, I am outraged by the callous disregard for the law, and for the millions of innocent customers of GoDaddy, including me, that Anonymous has put out of business. We depend on our websites being operational. I believe that GoDaddy's support of these Acts was a poor choice, but they had the right to do so, and as one who believes in the US Constitution, I support that right, and the rule of law.

People will never be free unless they support the rights of others to also be free, even when they disagree strongly.

The hacker group who took down GoDaddy is nothing more than a common criminal who deserve serious prison time.

Thanks for bearing with me during this outage.



Harvey - Dallas said...

Ned, I agree completely. Anonymous are a bunch of criminals who need to be stopped. Between this and recently releasing millions of Apple ID identities which could lead to innocent Apple account users having their identities stolen, it's about time we stop glorifying these thugs and put them in jail where they belong.

Susan - NYC said...

They are common criminals and need to be stopped. Hopefully the FBI will hunt them down, the Justice Department will get them convicted, and the Federal Prison system will jail them and throw away the keys to their cells.

Charlie - Boston said...

Absolutely outrageous. Put them in jail and never let them out. My website galleries were down too.

I wanted to mention your new Photo of the Week, that Great Egret photo is fabulous.

Stan - Wilmington said...

Absolutely outrageous. I read the outage affected about 45 million websites and tons of email. Toss them in jail and throw away the key. I don't care how upset they are. Their action was worse than anything GoDaddy has ever done.

Hey, I'll look for you at the Heinz Cradle of Birding day if you're going to be there.

Ned S. Levi said...

I'll be there Stan. I hope you can find me. I'll be there part of the day near or in the Cusano Center.

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