Man, am I getting hammered for my latest post over at Computerworld about the DDoS launched on the Church of Scientology! I really can’t engage in a lot of back and forth over there since it is not my personal site, so I will do it over here.
For all you people slapping me around over there, let me ask you something. Do you advocate the use of DDoS attacks every time you don’t agree with someone? I am seriously dismayed when an attack is downplayed such as this one. Yes, the school was inadvertently attacked. Yes, COS was the original target. And maybe the attack only lasted for a few minutes. And an apology may have been issued… BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT!!!
This is illegal, and it is irresponsible. Tom Cruise may be weird. L. Ron Hubbard may have made up a cult out of whole cloth. But they are still an organization that has the right to exist and practice their religion. Just because they are strange does not give you the right to make the Internet your personal playground. These things always end up affecting other people, even if it is for a few minutes.
Grow up people. Quit hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet and do something about your issues the way grown ups do. Call people. Write letters. Protest on their front steps. Get the attention of the media and the people WITHOUT acting like brats.