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overload some servers here - French CSIRT Response to VR Sit-In


Hola Gregory,

b.a.n.g lab is hosting a VR Sit-In (NOT A DOS - a DOS works/a VR Sit-In is symbolic and does not work) on the French Prime Minister's sites in solidarity with the Univesity Students, Unions and large segment of French Civil Society.

This project was intiated by my border hacklab group as a way to understand the methods and history of Electronic Civil Disobedience that I have been developing as a practice since the mid-80's.

The VR Sit-In ended on the 18th.

I do think it is important the CAL IT2 understand the nature of my research - which I believe they do - since that is one of the reasons I was asked to
develop the bang.lab project.

Would be more than happy to sit down and look at the research with you to develop a diagram of my ECD research in the years to come.

Dr. Dominguez

> Dr. Dominguez,
> Would you please respond concerning this query from the French CSIRT about participating in a denial of service attack against French Prime Minister sites? In response the campus is blocking
external access to and from
> Regards,
> Greg Hidley, CIO Calit2
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Madden []
> Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:08 AM
> To:; Hidley, Gregory;
> Cc:
> Subject: Fwd: DDOS against sites of the French Prime Minister
> >Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 18:01:54 +0100
> >From: Matthieu SAUSSAY
> >Organization: CERTA
> >To:
> >Cc:
> >Subject: DDOS against sites of the French Prime Minister
> >Resent-From:
> >Resent-Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 09:48:12 -0800
> >Resent-To:
> >Dear administrators of UCSD,
> >

> >The CERTA (French CSIRT equivalent to the CERT-CC in US :
> > has been reported that a web page hosted at your university is currently participating in a DDOS against some web sites of the French Prime Minister.
> >
According to the whois query we performed (see above), it seems that this page is hosted by
> >UCSD-1 :
> >
> >(
> >
> >This page contains several automatically reloading frames which overload some servers here.
Could you please remove this page as soon as possible?
> >
> >I look forward to hearing from you soon.
> >Thanks in advance,
> >
> >
> >The CERTA Team.
> >
> >--
> >Matthieu SAUSSAY
> >SGDN - DCSSI - Sous-direction opérations - CERTA 51, boulevard de la
> >Tour-Maubourg 75700 Paris 07 SP Tel : +33(0)1 71 75 84 25 Fax :
> >+33(0)1 71 75 84 00 MĂ©l :

VR Sit-in

Dear Comrade Doctor:

If street protest and traditional civil disobedience are, as CAE have claimed, no longer effective how come the protests in France seem to be getting some results while EDT has simply had their service cut off by some geek in the university IT department? Ah, yes, the fight for employment has been relocated from the streets of Paris to the war zone known as the SoCal militaryedutainment complex where it belongs.


The streets are dead capital


While CAE in the late 80's stated that the *streets are dead capital.*

This changed for me and others with the emergence of the Zapaitastas. What EDT has alway understood about ECD was that the streets were open to contestational mass gestures and that ECD would only be a small active compenent of the alter-globalization movement. ECD as practiced by EDT has never be framed as a supplement to mass non-violent direct action on the streets - but only as one more active-tool that can be used to amplify the streets with data bodies - nothing more and nothing less.

What we do get from the digital encounter with the French and UCSD IT
is that the French .gov site was feeling the weigth of some 38,000 plus bodies in protest.

Bodies in Protest

No, what the French sysadmin noticed was a spike in page views, something to look into and correct.

You obviously have never participated in an organized act of Civil Disobedience. It's crucial that participants know what they are protesting and know what they are getting themselves into and how to protect themselves. To press SEND isn't quite the same thing.