One opened, more to go... OC Press Release 22.01.2008:

DDoS attacks on Scientology


A distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) occurs when multiple compromised systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. These systems are compromised by attackers using a variety of methods.
From Wikipedia

Stavanger, Jan 22 2008

Some Internet channels have reported that a group called "Anonymous" have started a DDoS attack on the Church of Scientology:

The author of Operation Clambake does not condone such activity. Attacking Scientology like that will just make them play the religious persecution card. They will use it to defend their own counter actions when they try to shatter criticism and crush critics without mercy. I believe we are better than this cult and, face to face using democratic tools, most free and thinking individuals will see through their charade.

People should be able to have easy access to both sides and make up their own opinions. Freedom of speech means we need to allow all to speak - including those we strongly disagree with. I am of the opinion that the Church of Scientology is a criminal organisation and a cult which is designed by its delusional founder to abuse people. I am still committed to fight for their right to speak their opinion.

I support and appreciate all who want to help inform others about the dangers of Scientology, but I urge all to use methods that separate us from those we want to fight or criticise.

Disclaimer: We have not seen proof that CoS are victims of DDoS attacks. Perhaps all the hubbub over the Tom Cruise video caused an unexpected increase in legitimate traffic which their systems couldn't take, and they maliciously try to blame the collapse of their sites on an imaginary DDoS. Perhaps they are honestly mistaking legitimate traffic for a DDoS. Perhaps they are indeed being DDoS'ed. It doesn't really matter, it all boils down to the same: the very people who say they can solve all of humanity's problems are not even capable of keeping a website up and running. This immense organization of "eight million" brilliant, dedicated and disciplined people, of which a good percentage supposedly has supernatural abilities, is not even able to respond to a sudden increase in network traffic. The merchants of "the way to success" prove to be an utter failure even in their own house.

Take care.

Andreas Heldal-Lund
Operation Clambake
Phone: +47 88 00 66 66

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