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#1 Edited by AMyggen (2778 posts) -

Did the internet just hit a new low?

Link: https://www.facebook.com/ExtraLife4Kids (can't hyperlink on this tablet)

#2 Edited by minivan (185 posts) -

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#3 Posted by CaLe (3944 posts) -

Bunch of schmucks that got nothing better to do with their lives. SCHMUCKS.

#4 Posted by SunBroZak (1073 posts) -

What a shitty thing to do.
I hope the Extra Life guys can recuperate from this, and push on through the weekend.

#5 Posted by Kidavenger (3528 posts) -

Are they sure it's not just high traffic, there seems to be a unusually large number of people participating this year.

#6 Edited by AMyggen (2778 posts) -

@minivan: Thanks dude. I don't know if it's this tablet or the site that's at fault for me not being able to link to stuff on GB, but it sucks.

And yeah, the dude(s) who did this is the definition of an asshole.

#7 Posted by AMyggen (2778 posts) -

@kidavenger: They confirmed that it was a DDoS attack. I'm no computer expert, but from what I understand, it should be pretty easy to identify if it's a DDoS attack or just a lot of normal traffic.

#8 Posted by rachelepithet (1391 posts) -

Hackers sell our webcams as "slaves", use our pay pal accounts for slot machines, run murder-for-hire contract killing services, create their own currency called bit coins then farm unlimited amounts of it, and use that fake money to buy "under age paraphilia" pornography.

So this is nothing.

#9 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Hackers sell our webcams as "slaves", use our pay pal accounts for slot machines, run murder-for-hire contract killing services, create their own currency called bit coins then farm unlimited amounts of it, and use that fake money to buy "under age paraphilia" pornography.

Which itself is not a problem because of the ten million children working as prostitutes. See what I'm getting at with this?

#10 Edited by Thompson820 (410 posts) -

@boocreepyfootdoctor: Murderers kill people so me breaking in to your house is nothing. I'm pretty sure you'd still call the cops if I stole your TV duder.

Anyway, if the DDoS was targeted at Extra Life that's mega-fucked. Some people are suggesting that the attack was on a data center that also happened to service Extra Life so it may be collateral damage which would be cold comfort I'm sure.

The way I see it if anything this is just going to make people more passionate about the cause which is a good thing.

#11 Edited by BisonHero (6396 posts) -

Well that's pretty shitty.

#12 Posted by alternate (2693 posts) -

I am an asshole who doesn't like kids (let alone sick kids) and even I think this was a really shitty thing to do.

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#13 Edited by Milkman (16618 posts) -

Quality internet comments over at Kotaku (dot) com.

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#14 Edited by honeycut1 (142 posts) -

That is some garbage. Extra Life is a great cause and I don't get why people would DDOS them.

#15 Edited by csl316 (8354 posts) -

@milkman: Wonderful times over there.

This is the worst Internet nonsense I've seen in some time. Far worse than last weekend's Cryptic Tweets.

#16 Edited by GreggD (4486 posts) -

@milkman: You could just say 'Kotaku comments', and I would not be surprised with the next thing that came out of your mouth.

#17 Posted by MB (12201 posts) -

There are so many DDOS protection solutions out there now, I kinda thought this type of thing was behind us. If Extra Life was really targeted with a DDOS...man, those are some scummy people.

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#18 Posted by Rick_Fingers (524 posts) -

What a shit thing to do.

#19 Posted by Strife777 (1511 posts) -

How much of a douche do you have to be?

#20 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6140 posts) -

What a bunch of fucking scumbags.

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#22 Posted by Marokai (2861 posts) -

I can't even imagine what kind of piece of shit you have to be to do something like that. Ugh. Some people.

#23 Posted by Quarters (1664 posts) -

Freaking ridiculous. I CAN'T STAND hackers. Their utter glee at causing misery for everyone is just unfathomable. They're borderline psychotic.

#24 Edited by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6140 posts) -
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#25 Posted by JesusHammer (126 posts) -

@milkman: "No one DDOS's for fun" While I agree the whole thing could be a scam by Extra Life to get more people to give to them(not saying it is, but it very well could be) this guy is just an idiot if he thinks people don't do things like this for fun. Kotaku really is filled with dummies.

#26 Posted by BaneFireLord (2918 posts) -

Fucking cunts.

#27 Posted by Hailinel (24272 posts) -

I hate Kotaku so goddamn much.

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#28 Edited by SSully (4147 posts) -

@quarters said:

Freaking ridiculous. I CAN'T STAND hackers. Their utter glee at causing misery for everyone is just unfathomable. They're borderline psychotic.

While hackers is the incorrect term here, I can agree these kind of people are scum bags.

#29 Edited by Quarters (1664 posts) -

@sparky_buzzsaw: Eh, I was trying to at least give them a slight benefit of the doubt. That was mainly just saying that they didn't detonate a bomb, or not yet, anyway. Also, while I understand the majority of what happened, what exactly is DDoS? What does it stand for and everything?

#30 Posted by Zeik (2335 posts) -

I was going to say "Watch as someone tries to defend this", only for it to have already happened.

Fucking people.

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#31 Posted by punkxblaze (2968 posts) -

This makes me very, very angry.

#32 Posted by AMyggen (2778 posts) -

Anyways, someone just donated $1000 to Giant Bomb's charity, so there's that :)

The site seems to be completely stable now, at least for me, and people are donating like crazy!

And Kotaku's comment section is the worst.

#33 Posted by AMyggen (2778 posts) -

@quarters: DDoS is short for Denial-of-service-attacks. It can be done in various ways (the Wikipedia article on DDoS is very good), but the short explaination is that, to quote the Wikpedia article, it's an "attack {that] involves saturating the target machine with external communications requests, so much so that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered essentially unavailable."

#34 Posted by Milkman (16618 posts) -

They got hit again.

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#35 Posted by Quarters (1664 posts) -

@amyggen: Man, so it's like a forced, digital traffic jam? Ugh. I feel like that just has to be done entirely out of spite. Thanks for the explanation.

And they got hit again?! Awful.

#36 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6396 posts) -

@milkman said:

They got hit again.

......really? Jesus, people. Is there anyway people can still think that this is some scam to get people to donate more?

#37 Posted by AMyggen (2778 posts) -

@quarters: Yeah, a forced digital traffic jam is a good way of putting it. It's incredibly popular among "hackers" because it's not very difficult to do, and it's effective. Most of the time you hear about a government site or similar being down because of "hackers", you can bet that it's because of a DDoS attack.

Sucks that their servers got hit again, but EL is almost up to $3m total now, so that's fantastic!

#38 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4337 posts) -

Gross

#39 Posted by spraynardtatum (2791 posts) -

What a dumb thing. Where are the wads that are doing this? I want to punch em in the nads.

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#41 Posted by Demoskinos (14725 posts) -

@quarters said:

Freaking ridiculous. I CAN'T STAND hackers. Their utter glee at causing misery for everyone is just unfathomable. They're borderline psychotic.

Here's the thing all hackers aren't bad or malicious. Like anything it comes down to how that person uses that skill set. Hacking and reverse engineering can have beneficial uses.

#42 Posted by Itwongo (1160 posts) -

Well shit. Fuck those guys.

#43 Posted by PulledaBrad (612 posts) -
#44 Posted by Milkman (16618 posts) -

Got hit a third time.

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#45 Posted by csl316 (8354 posts) -

#3? Awful.

#46 Posted by SMTDante89 (2558 posts) -

I sincerely hope that despite these attacks, this will be the most successful Extra Life yet.

#47 Edited by BisonHero (6396 posts) -

@milkman said:

Quality internet comments over at Kotaku (dot) com.

It's really depressing that people like "Bebop" think that the mob justice enacted by Anonymous/lulzsec/other-internet-communities-that-occasionally-do-DDoS-stuff must ALWAYS have legitimate reason behind it. Sometimes they're just assholes, don't assume they're fucking Batman. They're punks.

#48 Posted by Milkman (16618 posts) -

I sincerely hope that despite these attacks, this will be the most successful Extra Life yet.

I'm not sure what they've done in previous years but they've already raised over $3 million so they're still doing okay.

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#49 Edited by Hailinel (24272 posts) -

@milkman said:

@smtdante89 said:

I sincerely hope that despite these attacks, this will be the most successful Extra Life yet.

I'm not sure what they've done in previous years but they've already raised over $3 million so they're still doing okay.

I think that the DDoS attacks are actually having the unintended effect of drawing more attention to the cause, so when the site is up and running, the donations make up for the downtime.

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#50 Posted by Andorski (5239 posts) -

@milkman said:

Quality internet comments over at Kotaku (dot) com.

It's really depressing that people like "Bebop" think that the mob justice enacted by Anonymous/lulzsec/other-internet-communities-that-occasionally-do-DDoS-stuff must ALWAYS have legitimate reason behind it. Sometimes they're just assholes, don't assume they're fucking Batman. They're punks.

But people are genuinely good! Unless they come together and organize themselves as a corporation. Then they are the genesis of all evil.