that DOS attack
For those of you who are running with the rumor that last night's DOS attack on Hosting Matters was the result of an Al Qaeda jihad against Aaron Weisburd’s Internet Haganah, please be advised that it is not yet certain who the attackers were or where they came from.
From Annette at Hosting Matters:
..the origination points of the DOS and the responsible parties have not been detailed by us, nor will we be releasing those details. Any speculation as to the originator(s) of the DOS itself are the opinion of the party offering the comment and should be not be treated as any sort of official word from Hosting Matters.
I told the kind folk at HM that I would blog this and be sure to let everyone know that the word on this being an al Qaeda fronted attack is not official.
And really, if Al Qaeda is resorting to bring down websites with DOS attacks, I think the war on terror is won.
The site that received the DDOS is not exactly secret, in fact they're looking for donations to co-locate to avoid this in the future....My understanding is that the PURPOSE of the site was not as much pro-israel as anti-muslim extremist -- they had been getting hosts and DNSs to drop sites promoting Jihad and Terrorism, hence the DDOS.
As for J's comment, this is an example of why someone SHOULD host with HostingMatters -- unless you're going to find a host that refuses to host controversial sites, no host is safe and HostingMatters handled the DDOS spectacularly well.