Apparently Russia's President Gets Angry When You Hit His Blog With A Denial Of Service Attack

from the blog-is-down-for-an-hour! dept

Denial of service attacks are a pain, but they happen. In many ways they're becoming one way that people protest against powerful people and organizations -- and some have discussed how many are effectively the equivalent of a digital sit-in. Of course, it's no fun to be on the receiving end of a DoS attack, and if you're in a position of power, it isn't surprising to react angrily to such an attack. But it does seem a little out of proportion for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to demand that Russian law enforcement officials look into the reason why his LiveJournal blog was taken offline for a whole hour due to a denial of service attack.
"I have received many appeals in connection with the ... attacks on LiveJournal. As an active user of (LiveJournal) I consider these actions revolting and illegal.... What has occurred should be examined by LiveJournal's administration and law enforcement agencies."
Of course, it does seem a bit strange that he's only concerned about denial of service attacks when they impact him personally. Also, LiveJournal? Isn't that kinda like if President Obama had a blog on Blogspot? It's not that hard these days to have a blog on your own domain...
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  1. icon
    EFG (profile), 8 Apr 2011 @ 2:44pm

    Well

    LiveJournal is, last I heard, Russian owned. So he may just be supporting the 'local' economy.

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  2. icon
    umccullough (profile), 8 Apr 2011 @ 2:57pm

    Which would you rather have?

    A few hundred thousand script-kiddies running LOIC to take down your site?

    Or nobody visiting it at all?

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  3. icon
    :Lobo Santo (profile), 8 Apr 2011 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Which would you rather have?

    Umm, isn't that a false dichotomy? Those aren't even close to being mutually exclusive conditions.

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  4. icon
    umccullough (profile), 8 Apr 2011 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: Which would you rather have?

    I know - but if nobody visited his blog, it wouldn't likely be a target for DDoS anyway :)

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  5. identicon
    Bruce Partington, 8 Apr 2011 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: Which would you rather have?

    You must be new here.

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  6. icon
    KnownHuman (profile), 8 Apr 2011 @ 3:17pm

    LiveJournal

    Just think, with his LJ down for an hour, nobody was able to read his really bad poetry!

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  7. icon
    :Lobo Santo (profile), 8 Apr 2011 @ 3:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Which would you rather have?

    Yep, I'm new here. Only been frequenting & commenting on TechDirt for like 3 years.
    /sarc

    ;-P

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  8. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Apr 2011 @ 3:41pm

    y'know, considering the Russian Internet is a cesspool of infringement, pirate kiddies pissing off the country's President definitely gets filed in the "Amazingly Stupid Moves" department.

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  9. identicon
    Big Mook, 8 Apr 2011 @ 3:48pm

    Obligatory

    In communist Russia, president's blog hits you!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

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  10. icon
    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), 8 Apr 2011 @ 4:12pm

    Re: LiveJournal

    Just think, when his LJ is restored, nobody will read his really bad poetry!

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  11. icon
    The eejit (profile), 9 Apr 2011 @ 1:56am

    Re: Re: LiveJournal

    In post-Soviet Russia, Poetry Livejournals YOU!

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  12. identicon
    Denis V., 9 Apr 2011 @ 7:08am

    No need to be so snarky, there's a good reason for this

    Last week's DDoS attacks on livejournal are a hot, and actually very interesting, news topic in Russia. The reason is that the site is considered the most popular - and some would say the only - platform for independent citizen journalism and critique of the government. Since there are presidential elections coming up next year, there's a reasonable fear among the opposition that the attacks are actually government-based, trying to show that everyone can be silenced, and that livejournal isn't safe.

    Medvedev's statements are, in fact, an attempt to deny that LJ DDoS has anything to do with the government.

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    Max (profile), 9 Apr 2011 @ 9:58am

    There is also another explanation - that "DDoS attacks" explanation is a coverup of the company failing to roll out new technology upgrade which lead to DoS.

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  14. icon
    Max (profile), 9 Apr 2011 @ 10:03am

    Oh, and about these:

    > Of course, it does seem a bit strange that he's only concerned about denial of service attacks when they impact him personally.

    I don't think the president knew what DoS is before receiving news from his aides that Livejournal is, in fact, down :)

    > Also, LiveJournal? Isn't that kinda like if President Obama had a blog on Blogspot? It's not that hard these days to have a blog on your own domain...

    This was surely a political decision - "the government supports and promotes IT industry, etc".

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  15. icon
    Shine (profile), 24 Oct 2011 @ 4:55am

    it happens

    That's interesting...the Russian President has his own blog and is very active at it.

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  16. identicon
    Andrew, 3 Dec 2011 @ 6:11am

    Re: Well

    Good for Russia.

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  17. identicon
    Lady from 20x tab results, 22 Dec 2011 @ 1:10am

    Yeah right,it seems that they are all good with that field.

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  18. identicon
    Joy, 23 Dec 2011 @ 9:38pm

    I really need to work on my blog now...LOL even the Russian President has a blog!

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  19. identicon
    Katherine, 25 Jan 2012 @ 8:03pm

    Re:

    I have heard of LiveJournal before never knew it was Russian owned.

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  20. identicon
    Nicole, 4 Feb 2012 @ 6:39pm

    Politicians are freely using the internet for promoting themselves and their agenda.

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  21. identicon
    Ann, 30 Mar 2012 @ 10:17am

    What exactly are "denial of service attacks?"

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