October 1st - 31st 2004
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Attempts to access english.aljazeera.net returned a "504 Gateway Timeout" message from the site's web host, AT&T WorldNet Services. "The web site you are attempting to access is currently unreachable," the message states. "This may be due to a network outage, or the web site might be experiencing technical difficulties."
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A dynamically updating chart of site performance for GeorgeWBush.com from different points is available here.
Surprisingly, none of the coverage that we have seen to date has considered the possibility that it might be a well executed scheme aimed at increasing international awareness of the site.
The “calculated indifference ploy”, has previously been popularised by the fictional character Reginald Perrin, commercialised by the publishing industry who adopted the moto “If you want to sell a book, first get it banned”, and deployed by generations of parents who learned “If you really want to get something done, deny your children permission to do it”.
Many thousands of people living outside the US who were previously unaware of the site are now earnestly seeking out ways of accessing it.
Netcraft monitors web site response times from seven locations, including four within the United States and three in other countries. Since Monday morning, requests to GeorgeWBush.com from stations in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Australia have failed, while the four U.S. monitoring stations show no performance problems. Web users in Canada report they are able to visit the site.
A dynamically updating chart of site performance for GeorgeWBush.com is available here.
On Oct. 21, GeorgeWBush.com began using the Akamai content distribution network to manage traffic to the site, which is hosted at SmarTech Corporation. The shift followed a six hour outage on Oct. 19, which also affected RNC.org, the official web site of the Republican National Committee. Domain name system (DNS) inquiries show requests to GeorgeWBush.com from outside the U.S. being dropped. A request from the U.K. returns a "403 forbidden" response from the server and a web page saying "Access denied: You don't have permission to access http://georgewbush.com on this server."
By this afternoon, the site's performance was improved, according to The Register, which temporarily turned off its CSS stylesheets to reduce network traffic and blunt the impact of the attack.