AT&T vs. 4chan

popcornIn just the last few hours, it seems that AT&T has gone looking for trouble in the one place it is guaranteed to find it. Reports are coming in from all over that the communications giant is blocking access to 4chan, specifically the /b/ board. Discussions are here and here.

I’ve never been to /b/, but I’ve benefited from some of the funny stuff they come up with. I’m well aware of its reputation as the cesspool of the internet. You don’t have to be a member or a fan to pull for its continued existence as a matter of free speech. After all, denial of service that affects anyone can eventually affect us all.

But the real fireworks are yet to come. On the one hand, there’s AT&T, which owns iPhone service and just about all the phone line hardware in the US -and has a lot of political pull. About 15% of US users rely on AT&T for internet access. On the other side, 4chan has a vast army of members, including anonymous investigators, organizers, and hackers, with a track record of causing mayhem for anyone who crosses them. Just ask Oprah. Plans for retaliation are already in the works.

Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

Update: That didn’t take long. AT&T has “unblocked” the site.

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10 Responses to AT&T vs. 4chan

  1. I was able to load it up with no problem in Atlanta.

    I too am in anticipation of munching popcorn while watching this one… while simultaneously rather terrified, as both my DSL and iPhone are AT&T.

  2. I was able to load it up with no problem in Atlanta.

    I too am in anticipation of munching popcorn while watching this one… while simultaneously rather terrified, as both my DSL and iPhone are AT&T.

  3. According to the project AT&T site you linked all planned protests are off as it seems AT&T has realized their mistake and reopened access.

    Anyway, wasn't Anonymous supposed to be f'ing with Scientology? These boys need to learn how to stay focused.

  4. According to the project AT&T site you linked all planned protests are off as it seems AT&T has realized their mistake and reopened access.

    Anyway, wasn’t Anonymous supposed to be f’ing with Scientology? These boys need to learn how to stay focused.

  5. Looks like pranking still occurred. They posted a citizen news story on CNN about the AT&T CEO found dead after a drug overdose following a big gay orgy.

    4chan epitomizes what most people of my parents' generation fear about the Internet: anonymity. There's no responsibility or accountability, and that type of environment can be a haven for those who seek neither. Personally, I say go ahead. I've been okay with 4chan ever since they screwed with Apple's stock by faking a news story about Jobs having a heart attack.

  6. Looks like pranking still occurred. They posted a citizen news story on CNN about the AT&T CEO found dead after a drug overdose following a big gay orgy.
    4chan epitomizes what most people of my parents’ generation fear about the Internet: anonymity. There’s no responsibility or accountability, and that type of environment can be a haven for those who seek neither. Personally, I say go ahead. I’ve been okay with 4chan ever since they screwed with Apple’s stock by faking a news story about Jobs having a heart attack.

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