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Israel Haters apply DoS to flood out Israel

One way to shut down an opinion you disagree with is what is called a Denial of Service (DoS for short) attack. It is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users and commonly 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.

One analogy, on Facebook, of a DoS attack that we will see much of, is illustrated below. Stuff that can be seen as pro-Israel (I saw it first  on a video clip of an IDF entertainment unit doing a great version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah)† is flooded with identical cut-and-paste comments as in the screen grab below.

For the Haters it is a WIN-WIN If no one responds they have drowned out support things Israeli (and the more the text is repeated the more likely it is to be found in a high place on search engines)‡. If someone responds and demolishes their lies they have successfully diverted the conversation away – and put Israeli advocates once more on the defensive. They are not interested in the truth. True Denial of Service.

Packed responses to Israel

As far as I know, there is no Facebook complaint category that covers this although traditional DoS is universally banned. Denial-of-service attacks are considered violations of the Internet Architecture Board’s Internet proper use policy, and also violate the acceptable use policies of virtually all Internet service providers. They also commonly constitute violations of the laws of individual nations.

Does anyone know the source of the idea? The very exact copy nature of the tactic suggests it is not random. If a social media site it can probably be attacked as HARASSMENT or SPAM.

Any other ideas?

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† Deliberately linked to a version where comments are disabled.
‡ This is the reason I use a screen grab rather than copy-paste the text into this post.

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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