Steve Emerson, of Smearcasting fame, has a report on his blog about yet another Internet vigilante who has supposedly been bombing Islamist-leaning websites and Internet forums since the start of the year with DOS attacks (‘denial of service’).
The latest anonymous avenger calls himself, ‘The Jester’ (the Riddler, the Joker and the Green Lantern were all taken).
The Jester has been documenting his attacks against http://www.alemarah.info, http://www.radicalislam.org, islamicpoint.net, http://www.almaghrib.org, http://www.as-ansar.com, http://www.islamicnetwork.com, http://www.islamicawakening.com, http://www.ansarnet.info, since the beginning of 2010.
I don’t visit any of these sites, but I’m curious if anybody who does has noticed any disrupted service since the beginning of the year.
Emerson gives his take on weighing the pros and cons of Internet vigilantism. Most of the cons have already been pretty well described by Richard Bartholomew and have been brought up in conversation here at TI with another group of vigilantes, ‘the Cheerleaders.’ This is the first time though that I’ve seen someone try to articulate the ‘pro vigilante’ argument: