Attacks on the SSA continue

Recall last week I talked about the Secular Student Alliance website getting attacked?

Personally, I’m thrilled about this.  It means that somewhere out there some believers have accepted that god isn’t going to do shit and that praying for misfortune to befall the SSA wasn’t going to accomplish anything, so they had to actually do something themselves.  The absence of god and the impotence of prayer are important realizations on the path to ditching religion.

Who knows, perhaps soon they’ll realize that any religion that praises you for attempting to win by means other than the greater reliability of your beliefs and, in this case, for criminal activity if it’s in the religion’s best interest, probably doesn’t occupy the moral high ground.  Baby steps.

I’m sad to report that today I’m a little less thrilled.  There have been two more attacks since that post, which means that between last Monday and today our site has been under Distributed Denial of Service attack four times.  The first three times brought down our site.  The fourth attack occurred Sunday and our site stayed functional the whole time.  This is due to the fact we’ve acquired a service to inoculate us against such attacks.  Now our site should hold up against even very powerful attacks, but we’ll see.  It’s also possible that the attackers may switch to more subtle tactics.

Here’s the sad part: this service will cost the SSA an additional $200/month (which is actually cheap for such services).  This means that somewhere out there those who oppose the things the SSA does have managed to deprive the organization, and also the students it supports, of about $2400/year.

Of course, if angry atheists wound up donating more than $2400 per year to the SSA on account of believers playing dirty, then their little plan will have backfired, wouldn’t it?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • kirikasena

    Checking bank account…
    Sufficient funds detected…
    Initializing donation protocols…
    Donation successful…


    • JT Eberhard

      Thanks a heap. Pity we have to burn money fighting slimy fuckers.

  • Alex Songe

    I’d like to also chime in and say that yes, this cheap for DoS protection service. You guys seem to be acting frugally and wisely with the money given you guys. Keep up that high efficiency. Next month I’ll be adding my name to the membership rolls as my finances continue their recovery.

    • JT Eberhard

      Thanks Alex. I’m moved you support us, but give only when you have. Take care of yourself first.

  • Richard

    Keep kicking ass and taking names.
    Never give up, never surrender.
    “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” Mark Twain

  • Graham Shevlin

    Do you have any idea of the origins of the DDOS attacks?

    • Brian

      It’s a “distributed” attack. It’s spread around to hide the originator. Cowards for Jesus on the attack!

  • Makoto

    Keep fighting the good fight, I certainly upped my donation because of the attacks.

  • mikaelhaglund

    DDoS generated DDfOs, Distributed Donation from Overseas

  • Kalani

    I have donated, and will continue to do so whenever possible. I genuinely appreciate what you and the SSA are doing.

  • Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

    You don’t understand. They have such overwhelming amounts of peer-reviewed scientific evidence for God that when they try to send it to the website, it’s overwhelmed.

    After all, these are Jesus Hominids – they don’t attack people. They turn the other cheek, treat others the way they want to be treated, etc. They just aren’t aware that their attempts to satisfy 1 Peter 3:15 are clogging things up!

  • invivoMark

    If there’s two things I like, it’s when the good guys win, and a healthy dose of irony. I’ll see about donating when I get out of the lab today.

  • tubi

    You’re so subtle.

    And relentless.

    And effective.

    I donated, too.

    And happy to do it!

  • drdave

    JT, $100 in the pot. 4% of DDOS covered.