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February 17th, 2014: website under Denial of Service Attack?

By John Donovan

Screen Shot 2012-04-29 at 15.27.12Regular visitors may have noticed that this website was down for almost 24 hours last week. This was because we doubled the power of our server to cope with unexplained surges in traffic, which made access sluggish at times. Today the site is being bombarded with Shell Blog comments, made in multiple languages via multiple isp addresses. It appears to be yet another concerted denial of service attack by an unknown party. Such activity is unlawful. We only publish comments about Shell and related matters in English. We never publish comments containing advertising links. I don’t know what we have done to upset whoever is responsible. The only party that has shown past hostile intent to this website, including shutting it down on one occasion, is Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Shell General Counsel Keith Ruddock, confirmed in writing that Shell was responsible. Shell had secretly contacted our website hosting companies in North America and frightened them into taking action against us. Unfortunately for Shell, I persuaded the hosting companies to reveal the identity of our unseen but unsurprising enemy. I do hope Shell is not up to its skullduggery tactics again. A link has now emerged with the previous Denial of Service attacks stretching back a number of years. The same unknown party is responsible. We notified the UK police previously and will do so again unless the attacks cease immediately.
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