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I know some folks were surprised that the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks that were dragging LJ down the tubes the past week or so are believed by many to be fallout from Russian politics.

synecdochic has written a really interesting article here about the subject, if you want to know more.

(x-posted to my DW; thanks to james_nicoll for pointing this out.)



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Apr. 9th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
That is fascinating--thanks for posting this.
Apr. 9th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)

I'd picked up on the fact that some prominent Russian opposition figures had LJs, but I had no idea how significant or widespread it is. I love that the word for blog is "zheh zheh" (for Zhivoi Zhournal ... no "j" in Russian).

Apr. 9th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
Great link. Thank you very much.
Apr. 9th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)

She did a really good job of laying it all out! (I was really glad James linked to it, because otherwise I might never have seen it.)

Apr. 9th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
I just read this via an intermediate link posted by another friend of mine a few entries up the f-list from yours. I'd seen Denise's brief explanation of the prevalent theory as to what was behind the DDoS attacks in the most recent DW news, but it didn't make a lot of sense to me because I was thinking of the attack as aimed at LJ itself. I didn't realize it was a, let alone the, Russian platform for public blogging, seeing as, as she notes in the post, there's a disconnect between the Russian users, who use it for public blogging, and the US/Western users, who use it to interact privately with friends of various sorts.

Thanks for doing your part to spread the word around. I may post my own link tomorrow; I'm a little tired of people bitching at LJ about the attacks. And they came at a frustrating time for me, just as I was trying to catch up after two weeks in which I accessed LJ once for a few hours, so I have just as much reason, if not more, to be frustrated with it as anyone else.
Apr. 9th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)

Somewhere last week, I had heard that it was aimed at Russian opposition bloggers on LJ, but I had no idea of how important the service was to Russia as a whole. I thought she did a marvelous job of explaining the situation.

Apr. 9th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
I think that was in Denise (DW's co-owner's) post on DW news, but it was opaque enough that I didn't understand what she was getting at. I agree that this post really clears everything up.
Apr. 9th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this, that was really interesting to read!
Apr. 11th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)

I'm glad it was interesting for you! I thought more people ought to know!

Apr. 10th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
FYI, for those of you who normally read/post via the main Livejournal interface -- try using the Mobile version when your usual page is being laggy or inaccessible:


This version is optimized for mobile devices so it strips out all the shiny layout stuff and doesn't have all the functionality of the main page -- you don't have access to your PMs or scrapbook and can't currently use custom security filters or the rich text interface when posting, or select non-default icons, for instance -- but you can read, comment, and post (with basic public/private/friends filtering). It's awkward for reading anything with particularly long or multilayered comment trees, but just for reading top-level posts or posts with more minimal commenting it works fairly well, and I've noticed this past week that it's frequently still working even when the main LJ interface is crumpling under the strain of the DDOS. (You don't need to be reading via a mobile device to access it, natch, just hit m.livejournal.com instead of www.livejournal.com in your browser of choice.)
Apr. 11th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)

Thanks for letting people know!

Sometimes I use the mobile version on the phone, but sometimes the phone can't load it even under normal circumstances - I get an error about "too many redirects."

Apr. 11th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Curious. I wonder if there's something quirky about your mobile phone network giving it problems -- the mobile interface is actually the primary way I "watch" my f-list on my computers, ported through a widget on my iGoogle homepage so it's always open and auto-refreshing; while it occasionally goes on the fritz, I don't think I can recall ever seeing that particular error...now I'm going to have to pay more attention to see what error message it does give when it's flaking out for a bit.

Funnily enough, my phone is just about the only place where I use the "regular" friends page instead of the stripped-down mobile interface, because I'm only checking there occasionally on-the-go and don't like the way the mobile-version comments need multiple clicks when reading via phone; but when I'm working on a real computer with more screen real estate, I leave the widget running 24/7 so I can keep an eye on things passively with minimal clutter; I only load individual full pages if I want to comment on something, or view a post that's very long or graphic-intensive. That's how I noticed it wasn't flaking out as badly under the DDOS as the main servers, actually; I'd keep seeing something scroll by on the widget that I wanted to answer, only to find that the normal version of whichever journal I wanted to pull up wouldn't load.
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