the recent attacks on eBaum's World.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 3:15 A.M.
For the last 36-48 hours, ebaumsworld.com has been
the victim of a global cyber-terrorism attack allegedly
conducted by an alliance of webmasters and their followers
who disagree with our company's editorial process (See
FAQ below). The attack has come in several forms including:
-a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack;
-Malicious attempts at gaining access to restricted
parts of the site;
-Spamming our forum and chat rooms;
-Hacking into admin restricted accounts;
There have also been numerous personal threats made
against individual eBaum's World staff members. Most
recently, our physical Corporate Headquarters building
was vandalized so we've been forced to hire on-site
security personnel. We have also opened the dialogue
with our local police cyber-crime unit which works very
closely with the FBI in matters like this.
We have been working diligently day and night to reduce
any ill effect these attacks may have on our users,
but you may experience some technical problems or annoyances
while you view the site until we finish the ongoing
criminal investigation. Please bear with us during this
time and rest assured we will be back at 100% very soon.
We want to thank all the people who have helped us
through these last few days, especially the other websites
and forums that contributed what they could, you know
who you are.
Q. What is cyber-terrorism?
A. Cyber-terrorism is defined as:
the premeditated use of disruptive activities, or the
threat thereof, against computers and/or networks, with
the intention to cause harm or further social, ideological,
religious, political or similar objectives, or to intimidate
any person in furtherance of such objectives.
Q. Why are you under attack?
A. The cyber-terrorists claim that ebaumsworld.com featured
an animation created by an individual they represent
without the permission of that individual. The animation
in question can be viewed
Q. Did ebaumsworld.com steal this animation?
A. Absolutely not. We received this animation as a contest
submission by someone claiming to be the original author.
We have a digitally signed and dated consent and release
form that was filled out by the author in question.
In fact, it is our policy for ALL content we receive
to be accompanied by this consent
and release form before we feature it on the site.
We also log contact information, the originating IP
address and any information given to us about the original
creator of any content, including any other proof of
origin the author can provide. Beyond all of this, our
editorial staff manually researches the origin of the
content looking for references to or appearances of
the same content on other websites. Any discrepancies
are researched fully before a decision to post the material
Q. So now what?
A. Good question. We're hoping these individuals come
to their senses and stop the attacks immediately. There's
a professional way to handle this situation. There are
no grounds for these types of malicious, unethical,
ILLEGAL attacks. We honor ALL requests to remove unauthorized
material. If any original content creator wants their
material removed or wants to be given credit, they can
us. Contrary to all of the attacks and threats,
WE HAVE YET TO RECEIVE ANY COMMUNICATION FROM ANYONE
CLAIMING TO BE THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF THE ANIMATION
IN QUESTION, OTHER THAN THE USER WHO SUBMITTED IT TO
US. IF YOU ARE THE ORIGINAL CREATOR AND WANT IT REMOVED,
BY ALL MEANS, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
Update: The original author has finally came through
and contacted us. At their request the image has been