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Site Goes Down After Running Mugshots of Anonymous

Talking Points Memo fending off DDOS attack
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2011 12:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – What an odd coincidence: After Talking Points Memo ran mugshots of 14 alleged members of Anonymous who face hacking charges, the site went down for about eight hours yesterday, the victim of a denial-of-service attack. It's back up now, but editor Josh Marshall writes that the attack is still going on, and TPM is using various end-arounds (including Tumblr) to keep publishing. He's got updates here and here.

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"We had and still have no direct evidence that Anonymous was behind the attack," writes Marshall. "However, TPM has been online for 11 years and had never experienced a DDOS attack until today. So, given that Anonymous's signature has been denial of service attacks and the backlash against our publication of the photos, the logical inference is as apparent to us as anyone else." At SF Weekly, Peter Jamison calls out Anonymous: "This is the same group that posted photos of the genitalia of BART spokesman Linton Johnson. Now they're going to get sensitive about their faces being available for public viewing?" (Read more Talking Points Memo stories.)

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