The recent denial of service (DoS) attack on various social networking websites, including Twitter and Facebook, indicates how some political nonconformists turn into ‘digital refugees’, says the internet search bellwether Google.
The company further said that keeping its signature blogging platform, Blogger.com, up and running amidst a politically-backed hacking attack pinpoint’s Google’s commitment to the freedom of speech, and called upon the other high-profile websites to come forward to safeguard free speech to give voice to these ‘digital refugees’.
Earlier this month, a large-scale online attack afflicted Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, along with other social networking platforms. Although the attack troubled millions of users, it was seemingly aimed at only one person, named ‘Cyxymu’.
Commenting upon this massive attack on Cyxymu’s various online accounts, Google’s Blogger product manager Rick Klau notified that the blogger has been compelled to hop from one site to another “in hopes of getting his message out after each blog is shut down by cyber opponents”.
“It's becoming easier to attack stand-alone blogs and websites, and much like political refugees, these bloggers and their sites are targeted and forced to relocate or be silenced”, he said.
Google accepted that Blogger was also targeted alongside Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal, and it collaborated with its social networking competitors to figure out the source of attack and attenuate the effect.
Google, it seems, still leaves and breathes by its motto, don't be evil. By extension, the search engine giant is also making sure that it is doing some good things like promoting worthy projects through Google.org, saving the environment, developing cheaper ways to travel beyond the stratosphere and making life just more bearable using schemes like Google Health.
(Google Public Policy Blog)