Or, "where did greyghost.mooo.com go"?
Someone who watches my Youtube channel brought this to my attention.
Chances are some of you who read this blog also visit my personal website, hosted for the longest time at http://greyghost.mooo.com/ and http://greyghost.dyndns.org/ prior to that. Well, if you go there now, you'll see a severe warning stating that the domain was seized due to child pornography. Quite really?
I really try to refrain from any political comment on this blog or in any other outlet I frequent, but too much is too much.
You can rest assured that I have not and would never be found to be trafficking in such distasteful and horrific content. A little sleuthing shows that the whole of the mooo.com TLD is impacted. At first, the legitimacy of the alerts seems to be questionable--after all, what reputable agency would display their warning in a fancily formatted image referenced by the underlying HTML? I wouldn't expect to see that.
Evidently, this warning page is real. There are various news reports that can be found about it, most of them relating to music, TV or movie piracy. It's a by-product of so-called COICA legislation. COICA is basically Internet censorship legislation that allows our wonderful government to do an end-run around any proper legal process and pull availability to a site, replacing it with this warning page. Hmm. Doesn't that trample all over the Constitution?
Some bozo by the name of John Morton presides over this particular department of the US government and he has gone on record saying that he's going to "stay at it" and is "unapologetic on that last point."
(warning, bad words coming)
Mr. Morton, with all due respect: "fuck off". Get out of my Internet. You'd get no argument from me that there are truly distasteful and illegal things on the Internet. That's true of any society. But there are also proper ways to deal with these problems. Pulling a total domain, sweeping up innocent people along the way, feeling that you don't have to comply with due process of law and indicating that you don't give a damn is wrong. It's not as wrong as child pornography or counterfeiting, but it's still wrong. As a taxpayer, I feel you are wasting my money, and denying my ability to use the Internet to host a server containing useful, legal and hopefully interesting content over a readily-known alias. Perhaps I should send you the bill for my time and trouble?
That's to say nothing of any damage done to my name or reputation by this idiotic law. Last I knew, accusing someone of trafficking in or producing child pornography was about the worst thing you could ever do them, especially if it stuck.
I encourage all readers of this blog to get involved in their government. Please write Mr. Morton a letter. I plan to. This address is publicly available on the ICE site:
Director John Morton
Washington, D.C. 20536
I've already contacted FreeDNS(.afraid.org) and brought the matter to their attention. My hope is to have this resolved soon. In the meantime, I suggest you utilize civil disobedience. I strongly recommend that you keep any action you take on the right side of the law. Don't do anything stupid, illegal, dangerous or retaliatory. Seriously.
The "illegal seizure" notice was served by systems located at a business known as CaroNet. CaroNet claims they knew nothing of this. Although I do not approve of their providing this service, or really believe that they did not know what was happening, I approve even less of the fact that people have been attacking the CaroNet network and threatening the people who work there. Let me be as clear as I can here: Do not do this. If you have an issue with CaroNet, take it up with them through legal means ONLY, not through harassment, denial of service or threats.