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As many of you already know, LiveJournal came under another DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack by hackers this week. This has happened before and will almost certainly happen again.

LiveJournal’s unlikely to go down without a fight, but if the same political regime is indeed responsible for this second round of attacks – which pretty much crippled LJ for the best part of four days this last week – I don’t see them stopping anytime soon.

Caught in the middle are nearly forty million LiveJournal users. Regular folks like you and me, with no particular axe to grind, all we want is to post on our own blogs and read our friends’.

A few people have already left. For most of them, I suspect the recent problems provided a final nudge rather than a compelling reason, but if the attacks continue to close down LJ for days at a time, there’ll come a point when the rest of us have to ask ourselves if we should leave too.

Personally, I intend to stay to the bitter end. If the outages were due to inefficiency or financial greed on LJ’s part, I’d feel different, but from what I understand, LiveJournal is the victim of a politically motivated attack (see this Time magazine article from back in April).

Besides, if everyone abandons LJ for the (supposedly) greener pastures of Dreamwidth, Wordpress or Blogspot etc., who’s to say those blog hosts won’t come under attack next?

The hackers aren’t trying to close down LJ for the fun of it, they’re trying to silence the online voices of millions of Russian bloggers. If they succeed in shutting down LiveJournal, they’ll then have to attack whichever online journal host those Russian bloggers move to next.

Depending on how bad things get, I may well have to start mirroring my blog posts elsewhere, but if the good ship, LiveJournal, really has hit an iceberg in the form of the Russian government, put me down for lessons in deckchair arranging, ‘cause I’m not heading for the lifeboats anytime soon.

How about you?

Poll #1765507 DDoS attacks on LiveJournal

Will you stick with LiveJournal if these hacking attacks continue to disrupt service?

Yes. They’ll have to prize my LJ blog from my cold dead fingers.
If they keep losing service because of all these attacks I’ll probably mirror my posts elsewhere, but I won’t close my account.
I’m already headin’ out the door.
There’s been a loss of service here on LJ?
Something else, which I’ll mention in the comments.

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Jul. 30th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
I've started posting at Dreamwidth and mirroring my posts here after the last attack. Feels better to have everything elsewhere. But otherwise I am not really using DW, not reading my flist there, nothing. LJ ist such a wonderful and cozy place ... I just sometimes wish, as harsh as it may sound, they never sold it to the Russians *grumbles*
Jul. 30th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
Lol, I know what you mean, but at least they're putting it to good use, right? :)
Jul. 30th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I wanted to check both of the first two options, but it wasn't that kind of poll. I'm not willing to give in to bullies, and I love it here on LJ--but I'm also not willing to lose what I've built here. So mirroring seems like the best idea. It's a backup, not because I want to leave, but because backups are important.

And because friends are important--more important than where you get together, no matter how beloved the hang-out.
Jul. 31st, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Sometimes, it helps to have a plan B. It certainly provides peace of mind :)
Jul. 30th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
I've been with Livejournal for 10 years! I can't imagine leaving. Nor can I imagine all my lj friends leaving :(
Jul. 31st, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
If this straw poll is anything to go by, nobody's going anywhere quite yet :)
Jul. 30th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
Knowing the reasons for the attacks makes me feel all the more committed to sticking with LJ. I'm not about to let enemies of free speech bully me out of here.
Anyone know a good counter-hacker?!

(Is that a word? Is that even possible?)
Jul. 31st, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
It would be nice to think there's a way of giving a little payback fending off an attack.
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Jul. 31st, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
When you say Wordpress, do you mean a free Wordpress blog on the Wordpress site or your own blog on your own domain using the Wordpress blogging software?

The second option puts your site totally under your own control whilst also making it very easy for non-experts to update the site easily.
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jul. 31st, 2011 09:37 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 31st, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
Sadly, too many folks use their free speech to shout other people down :(
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Jul. 31st, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
'...for all that people claim LJ is on the way out'

When I do my blog talks, I always log out of LJ, then check out the homepage to see their stats. Back in November, they had a little under 33 million accounts. Last time I looked, they had just under 40 million. I don't know how many of these folks are English speaking, but as a worldwide host, LJ certainly doesn't seem on the way out to me :)
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(no subject) - jongibbs - Aug. 2nd, 2011 09:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 31st, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
I don't intend to leave. I've got a cross post going on with DW, but that was set up for other reasons than these latest troubles for reasons to do with LJ's service choices, etc. However, I keep it more in the event that something catastrophic happens, and not because I intend to walk away from LJ.
Jul. 31st, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
I don't have Dreamwidth or even Google+ (yet). I have MySpace hand blogspot accounts, but I don't use them. Like you, I jkeep them in case of emergenct (though I don't think I'll ever use the MySpace one).
Jul. 31st, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
I'll absolutely be sticking with LJ; I've made too many lovely friends here since starting my blog last summer. Besides, so what if LJ is down for a few days - so am I sometimes!
Jul. 31st, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Lol, now you mention it, me too :)
Jul. 31st, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm staying. I have two paid accounts here. The outage was annoying, but it's not LJ's fault. If it gets really bad at some later point I might mirror my content, but eh, I have so many social media accounts I really hate to add more.
Jul. 31st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. There are only so many online accounts to keep up with before it gets to be time drag.
Aug. 1st, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
i don't think i post enough interesting, full-of-substance, posts - so i'll probably hang on to my LJ for forever, but i'm thinking of maybe starting myself up somewhere else - i just don't know where - i've been with LJ for so long that i don't want to give up on it - but all the login problems i've been having are getting REALLY really annoying - once i'm logged in, things seem to run smooth though - so maybe once that clears up i'll turn around on my thinking - i'm not done here yet is what i guess i'm saying - but i dunno that i'm stubborn enough to stick around to the bitter end
Aug. 1st, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
Thankfully, things seem to have settled down over the last few days or so.
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