The gremlins were very unhappy with Yossi Gurvitz, Itamar Sheltiel and me yesterday for exposing the identity of Doron Zahavi as the military intelligence agent alleged to have tortured Mustafa Dirani and threatened East Jeruslem Palestinians in his new role as Arab affairs liaison to the Jerusalem police. An Israeli colleague posted a link to my post at the right-wing Rotter forum last night and at 5:30AM this morning a sustained DDOS attack began on my site. Yossi’s and Itamar’s blogs were also attacked as well after they joined me in identifying Zahavi.
Apparently, Zahavi has a lot of Rotter supporters in Israel. One guy at that forum yesterday even tried to make a joke out of the alleged act of sodomy-rape performed on Dirani. So a DOS attack is certainly not beyond nice folks like that.
So please know if you attempted to visit my site and got an error page ignore whatever verbiage you read there. This was a DDOS attack. I’ve taken security precautions to avoid future attacks. But of course when you do that the gremlins escalate their efforts and attacks could happen in future, especially if I again gore the ox of the Israeli secret police and their fellow goons.
It probably didn’t help things in terms of making friends with them that Yossi called me Israel’s answer to Wikileaks. Though it makes me enormously proud that he did so.
This new security will raise my server hosting costs by four five times. So I’m asking you, my loyal readers to step up and help me defray these costs for the sake of freedom of the press and in the face of attacks by the secret police and/or those who imagine they’re helping them. Please use the Paypal button in my right hand sidebar to make as generous a gift as you can. Make a one-time or better yet regular monthly contribution to help sustain these new monthly costs I’m incurring. Keep my voice heard loud and clear and send a message to the hackers that we won’t back down and won’t be intimidated.
UPDATE: The DDOS attack was renewed this afternoon and the site down again for several more hours, and my site is back up and has been upgraded security-wise. If any readers have problems accessing it please contact me.
UPDATE II: At 10:30PM July 30th, and after some major screw-ups concerning my host’s migration of my site to a new, more secure server, the site appears to be up and functioning again. I apologize to you, my faithful readers and to the weird error messages you received when you couldn’t access the site. You aren’t a spammer and weren’t being singled out for punishment or anything else.
And by the way, if the Rotter boys think they’ve silenced us they’ve got another thing coming. Tomorrow, I hope to have further information exposing Doron Zahavi, the nature of which I don’t want to discuss until I’m ready to publish.