I Demand My /b/.
This weekend AT&T decided to block the 4chan /b/ forum. I have AT&T but the blockage never affected me because MY INTERNET WAS DOWN. But if I had tried to get to /b/ and found that it was blocked by my internet provider, I would have been really pissed.
“The LA Metblogs has compiled several sources that apparently confirm AT&T has blocked img.4chan at the ISP level, including reports from multiple TwitterTwitter users who cannot access 4chan and even calls to their help desk. We’ve also seen reports on Redditreddit.com. While we cannot confirm this news (or if true whether AT&T did this on purpose), it’s still a troubling report, especially if you believe this is censorship by a major ISP. The 4chan ban doesn’t seem to affect AT&T Wireless (aka your iPhone) or most regions.”
Eventually it looks like AT&T realized that they were no match for Anonymous, and they lifted the /b/ ban. AT&T issued a statement regarding this matter:
“Beginning Friday, an AT&T customer was impacted by a denial-of-service attack stemming from IP addresses connected to img.4chan.org. To prevent this attack from disrupting service for the impacted AT&T customer, and to prevent the attack from spreading to impact our other customers, AT&T temporarily blocked access to the IP addresses in question for our customers. This action was in no way related to the content at img.4chan.org; our focus was on protecting our customers from malicious traffic. “
Crisis averted. Anonymous wins.