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SlideShare under denial of service attack allegedly triggered from China

SlideShare.net, which enables users to share PowerPoint presentations, is suffering from distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. The attack is understood to have triggered by some elements in China whose requests to delete slideshows that were deemed “illegal” by the requesters went unheeded by the SlideShare team.

SlideShare.net, which enables users to share PowerPoint presentations, is suffering from distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. The attack is understood to have triggered by some elements in China whose requests to delete slideshows that were deemed “illegal” by the requesters went unheeded by the SlideShare team.

“SlideShare is offline right now. If you want to know the backstory and learn what’s been going on for the past week, read this TechCrunch story. We want you to know that we care about the freedom of speech and do not arbitrarily take content down,” the SlideShare blog reads.

Amit Ranjan, co-founder and COO, SlideShare, adds, “There seems to be a highly orchestrated attempt to punish the website for having content, that in our opinion is well within the rights of free speech of our users, and does not violate our TOS (terms of service) in any way. Having experienced this first-hand, I can add that all this appears to be part of a well oiled machinery to control internet content.”

A DDOS attack generally consists of the concerted, malevolent efforts of a person or persons to make a website unavailable to its intended users. One common method of attack involves disrupting the website server by sending more requests than it can possibly handle, thereby preventing access to its service. [Source: Wikipedia]

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