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Verizon: 4Chan Partly Blocked Because of Attack

Over the weekend 4Chan users claimed they had been blocked by Verizon. Founder Christopher Poole said he had received confirmation from the network that 4Chan had been "explicitly blocked," and encouraged affected users to call customer support.

Verizon has since released a statement explaining why the company felt the need to block 4Chan members; Big Red was just trying to protect the most important thing it offers: the network.

Verizon's Jim Gerace yesterday said that the company had not blocked 4Chan, rather it blocked one specific IP address associated with 4Chan.

"Recently, Verizon Wireless security and external experts detected attacks from an IP address associated with the 4Chan family of web sites that was disruptive to our customers and our network.  To protect both, we eliminated connectivity to the IP address.  At no time was 4Chan itself blocked. Ongoing network security team monitoring has now determined there is no longer an immediate threat. Connectivity to those sites is being restored later today."

Gerace went on to detail how attacks can slow down your network and said that it was "easy to complain about "blocking" when your wireless data connection is stable, fast and reliable."

Check out his full post here.

  • commandersozo
    Well, at least it's a plausible excuse.
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  • doomtomb
    4chan mad they got blocked? Sounds to me like Verizon had pretty good reason and restored connectivity to the website even after this fiasco. But I don't blame Verizon, 4chan is the scum of the earth on the internet.
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  • Raishi
    I'm not a fan of Verizon or their business practices in general, but considering this isn't the first time a company has had to block 4chan for this reason, I'd call it a pretty viable defense for them.

    The sad part is, whatever basement dwelling troll is actually behind the attacks is probably so very proud of himself for disrupting others routines and causing trouble like this.
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  • necronic
    Yeah, that does seem like a plausible excuse, and its not that they blocked all of the site, just the IP causing the issue
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  • p05esto
    I like 4chan site, interesting stuff. But those "gore" pics are just wrong on every level. I'm for free speech and everything but that just goes too far, disgusting -- and anyone who likes that stuff should be locked up. Sickos.
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  • Raishi
    p05estoI like 4chan site, interesting stuff. But those "gore" pics are just wrong on every level. I'm for free speech and everything but that just goes too far, disgusting -- and anyone who likes that stuff should be locked up. Sickos.
    So the parts you like are fine, but not the parts you don't like?

    The world doesn't work that way.

    I don't like the violent stuff myself either, but that doesn't mean you can just draw the line there because it's the limit of your personal tastes. I'm sure you like things others don't. Just as easy to lock you up for that.
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  • tayb
    p05estoI like 4chan site, interesting stuff. But those "gore" pics are just wrong on every level. I'm for free speech and everything but that just goes too far, disgusting -- and anyone who likes that stuff should be locked up. Sickos.
    LOL. So apparently you aren't for free speech at all. You are just for free speech so long as you agree with it. News flash, that isn't free speech. If you truly believe in free speech you accept all of the good with the small amount of bad.

    Yes. God hates fags, the group that protests at burials for dead soldiers, deserves protection under the constitution if you truly believe in free speech. That is free speech. Not your warped opinion of "Free Speech."
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  • quantumrand
    Well a lot of users use 74.125.19.103, so I suppose that IP is a risk as well. They better block it!!!

    BTW, that IP is Google.com
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