Gut Rumbles

January 10, 2005


Hosting Matters got hit again last night and the attack took down a lot of blogs for the third time in as many days. I was inconvienienced. I wanted to write, but I couldn't, because my site was down. So, I went to bed and read a book.

I ran across this quote about a writer:

"He opened the eyes of the blind and has given great encouragement to the shortsighted."--- Oscar Wilde

Heh. That's a good job of damning by faint praise. A clever wordsmith can do that. That's a CLASSY insult.

Hackers, on the other hand, are pigs.

People who attack web sites just to shut them down are vandals and they should go to jail if caught, because what they do on the internet is no different than driving by my house at night and throwing a rock through my window. Those creeps suffer from The Curse of the Perpetual Asshole, which says: "I can't make anything on my own, so I'll break somebody else's stuff."

I don't understand the motivation, but I've seen it happen all of my life.


It's worse that that. The DDOS-ing script-kiddies who do things like attack Hosting Matters aren't even "hackers".

"Hackers" actually at least know something, and do things that require some small level of intellectual activity (like studying computer systems, finding their weaknesses, and writing code to exploit them).

Kiddies, on the other hand, take tools and systems someone else made for them and simply press the button to make it go.

They're not even skillful in their evil; someone else does everything for them.

Posted by: Sigivald on January 10, 2005 04:26 PM

Nope, they're not hackers. The correct term is script kiddies, because I doubt they did any actual work. The media took the word hacker and uses it as a blanket canvas for everyone who does something bad. (Like virus programmers who find obvious flaws in Windows.)

I was reminded of Al Gore's digital brownshirt comment during the outage -- conservative bloggers are digital brownshirts, yet THESE morons are the ones squashing political opinions they disagree with.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on January 10, 2005 05:00 PM

The term "hackers" is misused when in fact you mean "crackers" or in this case, Sigvald got it right -- script kiddies.

Posted by: Joni on January 10, 2005 07:59 PM

Of course, I hasten to add that asshat is probably the best term to describe these miscreants.

Posted by: Joni on January 10, 2005 08:00 PM

Doesn't it boggle one's mind to imagine what they could do with their talents, efforts and energy if they used it in a positive way? Or is that just me?

Posted by: Indigo on January 10, 2005 08:21 PM

Indigo, the point here is that they don't *have* any talents; simply the motivation of the bully -- they can break it, therefore they control it. Precisely the same as the 80-IQ hulk who can make you cringe, which somehow makes him superior to people who can actually accomplish anything.

As for efforts and energy, well, there are, as you say, better uses for them, known to people with a modicum of intelligence.

Ric Locke

Posted by: Ric Locke on January 10, 2005 10:56 PM

Has anyone checked the Hosting Matters stats to see how many righty blogs they host compared to lefty blogs?

If there are a lot more righty blogs it just may be a case of something more serious, as well as a portent to come for other hosting companies that hos the right half of the blogosphere.

Posted by: Rivrdog on January 11, 2005 12:46 AM

Well from what I understand, the real target was
Charles Johnson and LGF. Maybe they were just script kiddies, but they had a purpose.

Posted by: Ray on January 11, 2005 01:39 PM
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