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+ - Update: Colorado woman claims hackers killed site

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An anonymous reader writes "Colorado Woman's site taken down... claimed "stolen by hackers"

Colorado Woman Suzanne Shell runs "profane-justice". The site was slashdoted between March 19th 2007, and March 31st, 2007. Information Week reported a legal dispute between Susan Shell and Archive.org, where in spite of a lack of a robots.txt file, it was her belief that her rights were violated by archive crawlers.

The site was shutdown due to exceeding the monthly bandwidth allotment late March 19th, 2007 according EarthLink's error message. It's now Suzanne's contention that "On or about March 18-20, 2007,""this site was maliciously hacked""and sent out all over the world as hot-linked spam pop-ups or some""other similar abusive theft of""bandwidth and content." {quoted from here} and is claiming more than $276,050.00 in damages based on $.01/page and $.02/MB in stolen revenue. Her site claims over 36 million page loads since March 17, 2007.

Is this a case of an online vigilante took it upon themselves to hack the site and spam the world in a period of two days, or is this a case where getting publicity created an interest in her site and it was this interest that exceded her bandwidth allocation? Is it reasonable to claim $276,050.00 for 11 days of down time, or should Suzanne Shell have contacted her ISP and increase her monthly bandwidth allocation? Were hackers/unsolicited pop-ups/spam involved?

It's asked by Suzanne Shell that anyone who received the url to her site by "virtue of unsolicited pop-up, spam, email or any other mechanism" to contact the "FBI Computer Crime center (www.ic3.gov)" case I0703201751051092."

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234

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