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U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs
TorrentFreak ^ | July 16, 2010 | enigmax

Posted on 07/16/2010 4:07:25 PM PDT by Windflier

After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of “a history of abuse”. More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result.

Hot on the heels of recent threats from Vice President Joe Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel directed at sites offering unauthorized movies and music, last month U.S. authorities targeted several sites they claimed were connected to the streaming of infringing video material.


Fears remain, however, that this action is only the beginning, and that more sites will be targeted as the months roll on. Indeed, TorrentFreak has already received information that other sites, so far unnamed in the media, are being monitored by the authorities on copyright grounds.

Now, according to the owner of a free WordPress platform which hosts more than 73,000 blogs, his network of sites has been completely shut down on the orders of the authorities.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; blog; blogetery; bloggers; blogs; censorship; freepress; freespeech; globaljihad; internet; jihad; tyranny; wordpress
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To: gunnyg
Please start a new thread with this article.

81 posted on 07/17/2010 4:49:00 PM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: paulycy

no, thank you, but feel free to do so if you like...

82 posted on 07/17/2010 4:55:40 PM PDT by gunnyg (Surrounded By The Enemy Within--~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...If Ya Can Grok That!)
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To: Windflier

After reading mor stories today, I believe the authorities physically removed the physical server containing the hosted blogs.

To protect the copyright claims of major RIAA donors, the Obama administration just stole, blackholed and civil forfeiture confiscated the intellectual property of about 72,000 websites.

War is Peace. DMCA IP law is liberty.

83 posted on 07/17/2010 5:32:24 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander

Well then they are being consistent. Some years ago, I had an employee who was involved with a group of people providing movies via Bit Torrent. The movie industry and the feds got concerned when these guys got their hands on the latest Star Wars movie, before release in theaters.

The FBI raided his apartment. He was not there, as he was out of town on a training course. However, they seized his computer which was being used as a server. The problem was that the server was government property. Without permission, he had taken the server home to configure it for Linux. Before he did that, he decided to transfer all of his home computer files to the government machine and clean up his own drive. We fired the employee, and bought the government a new server. We weren’t happy.

Our now former employee was convicted along with his fellow conspirators and spent time in federal prison. He was just a kid, and had no idea what he was getting into. He learned a hard lesson.

Over a year later, the FBI called and told us that we could pick up the server. The guy I sent to pick it up asked the agent if he had wiped the drive. He got a nasty response but was assured that all illegal materials had been removed. When we got the server back to the office, we found all the movies still intact.

84 posted on 07/17/2010 5:52:35 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Windflier

Semper Blogging!

Every American A Blogger!

85 posted on 07/18/2010 12:24:00 PM PDT by gunnyg (Surrounded By The Enemy Within--~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...If Ya Can Grok That!)
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To: gunnyg
"Blog it instead..."

Gunny, I've thought of starting a blog. Anyone who notices me around this place knows that I can dump thousands of words on any topic that cranks me up.

But - what keeps me from doing it, is that there are hundreds and hundreds of thousands of blogs out there. Why would anyone read mine, as opposed to another?

I suppose that promotion is the key. Done the right way, I know that more and more eyeballs will show up read at any site.

But, a successful blogger also has to have something that makes people come back for more, and refer their friends to the site. There are an awful lot of incredible writers blogging today. I read at some of their sites and think to myself that I could never equal the work they're doing.

Perhaps I'm looking at the glass half empty. I dunno. Lots of folks have suggested blogging to me, but I have yet to take the leap.

86 posted on 07/18/2010 12:45:34 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
Semper Blogging ~ Every American A Blogger!

Just get a blog and blog!
What Needs To Happen Will Happen!

Don’t take the responsibility for it—God will do the rest....

IMAGINE! All Americans BLOGGING!!!!!
Send this to all you least once...

Read the link above...

Gunny G

87 posted on 07/18/2010 12:55:32 PM PDT by gunnyg (Surrounded By The Enemy Within--~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...If Ya Can Grok That!)
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To: Texas Fossil

There is speculation on some of the industry forums that is wasn’t a cut and dry case of “copyright infringement” it was more likely kiddie porn that was being served up.

More than likely the owner nor the hosting company was aware that this was going on.

The servers have been taken as evidence and we all know that it could take a long time before they get their forensic studies done on the servers. Until then, the (potentially)poor cat that owned that site will not know what is going on until they press charges on him or give the hosting company back their servers months from now.

So, I guess what I am saying, unless someone can authoritatively tell us different, this was not a hit job by Obama’s minions.

I don’t look forward to the changes we will have to live with in the near future and longer term future brought on buy the FRAUD in the Whitehouse, but I also don’t like to jump to knee jerk assumptions.

88 posted on 07/18/2010 5:31:40 PM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: gunnyg

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89 posted on 07/19/2010 4:33:33 AM PDT by gunnyg (Surrounded By The Enemy Within--~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...If Ya Can Grok That!)
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To: gunnyg

Every Real American Blogging!

90 posted on 07/19/2010 7:49:57 AM PDT by gunnyg (Surrounded By The Enemy Within--~ Our "Novembers" Are Behind Us...If Ya Can Grok That!)
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To: Windflier; All


“FBI Warning of Al Qaeda Hit Lists, Bomb-Making Tips Led to Shutdown of Blogging Site”
Published July 19, 2010 |

SNIPPET: “A popular website that hosted more than 70,000 bloggers was shut down suddenly last week after the FBI informed its chief technology officer that the site contained hit lists, bomb-making documents and links to Al Qaeda materials, it was reported on Monday.

When the WordPress platform went dead, the initial explanation from the site’s host,, was that “a law-enforcement agency” had ordered it to shut down, citing a “history of abuse.” The explanation caused a wave of conspiracy theories in the blogosphere.

But according to a report on CNET Monday, shut down when it became spooked by a letter from the FBI, in which the bureau detailed the presence of terrorist materials among the blog posts.”

91 posted on 07/19/2010 4:39:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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