Web Hosting Company Suffers DDoS Attack After Court Rules They Must Reveal Visitors To Anti-Trump Site

Bloomberg reports:

U.S. prosecutors prevailed in their request to seek information about subscribers to an anti-Trump website allegedly linked to rioting during the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

A judge in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday ordered DreamHost LLC, the host of the website disruptj20.org, to comply with a government warrant seeking information about the site’s subscribers.

The government says the site was used to recruit and organize hundreds of people who rioted in the city on Jan. 20, the day President Donald Trump was sworn in, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage over nearly two dozen city blocks.

Chief Judge Robert Morin ruled that DreamHost was obligated to turn over subscriber data, but that prosecutors would have to tell the judge which data it intended to seize.

The judge said he would oversee the use of the data to make sure the government’s seizure was limited to individuals linked to the riots and not people who merely posted messages or communicated with others through the site.

  • opstandup, second or third tweet from the top. should have, not should of.
    yeah yeah, i know.

    • Tiger Quinn

      What the fuck.

    • narutomania

      A big hearty THANK-YOU to you, Ed_Burrow, for this observation. People need to be educated about such things.

      My current venture in Windmill Tilting involves the demise of the correct use of the hyphen.

      • there must be a new turbocharged sarcasm machine on the market. πŸ™‚

        • Canadian Observer

          Yes, I pre-ordered one.

        • kareemachan

          Now if they’d only update the sarc-o-meter….

      • Adam King

        People can’t seem to differentiate between a hyphen and an m-dash anymore.

        • ColdCountry

          When I went to school, there was no such thing as an m-dash. Now you kids get off my lawn!

          • Canadian Observer

            Were they still using hieroglyphs when you were at school?

          • ColdCountry

            No, but we had just upgraded to papyrus form sandstone.

          • Joe in PA

            Your book bag must have been heavy…just saying. πŸ™‚

          • Adam King

            There are rules! Rules, I tell you! Everybody must obey the Rules!!,


          • ColdCountry

            “Usage varies” Now, get off my lawn!

          • Adam King

            Usage must no longer vary!! It’s wrong!!

          • ColdCountry

            There, their, they’re, don’t get so worked up.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Cheeky monkey!

      • Nowhereman

        Nothing wrong with cuddling after, too.

      • prixator

        I wonder if Ninja has seen this?

      • netxtown

        I’m good with grammar – but it’s been years since i got it.

    • Todd Allis

      I hate that so much, that I want to strike “should’ve” from English, as its mishearing seems to have led to that. Everyone can say “should have.” I also started pronouncing “you’re” as “yoor” to further differentiate it from “your.”

      • prixator

        Would of, could of, should of.

  • LovesIrony

    Freedom of assembly and association attack Tonight Im gonna party like its 1939βž—

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    A different article says: “…in a brief filed Tuesday in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Department of Justice lawyers asked a judge to modify their original search warrant to exclude their earlier demand for server logs from web hosting
    company DreamHost, who provided services to their clients, disruptj20.org. That website houses information about several protests that were planned for Jan. 20.

    While the original warrant ordered DreamHost to turn over β€œall files” related to the website, the modification seeks to exclude any visitor access and error logs to the website, as well as any unpublished media ― including both text and photos ― that may appear in draft form, but were never published…”


    So my take is if you visited the site without subscribing or posting, your data isn’t being turned over. And if you were a subscriber and started but didn’t publish a post, that is excluded. But this still means that people who did post comments will have their data turned over.

  • The_Wretched

    Fail judge. He has no ability to stop abuse of the data. The Trump regime has shown every intent to collect and abuse information. I’ll lay bets that the list “mysteriously” winds up in Kris Kobach’s voter registration cancellation lists.

    • Lizard

      On the up side, go find some Trump supporters and make a metric ton of money off them with that bet.

      Democracy is dead and people are still too stupid to see it.

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  • Michael R

    Someone committed a crime so Trump needs all the voting records .
    Or something like that .

  • Lars Littlefield

    OT: Active shooter in downtown Charlottesville. Or maybe they meant just Charlotte? Anyway, active shooter is shooting someone or something.

  • SoCalGal20

    If you go to the @opstanduptoCFAA twitter, this apparently has to do with Dreamhost hosting punishedstormer.com, which is the reincarnated Daily Stormer or an offshoot. It happened to be up when I clicked it.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Bill Clinton began eroding Constitutional rights during his administration, and both Shrub and Obama followed suit. We still technically have rights, but only insofar as we do not use them.

    Welcome to America.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yea. It’s all Clinton’s fault. Good thing Hillary didn’t or we’d be at war by now.

      • Gregory In Seattle

        I very clearly said “began eroding.” That work was greatly extended by both the Bush and Obama administrations. And if you look at Hillary Clinton’s policies as Secretary of State, I have very little doubt that her victory would have greatly expanded US involvement in the Middle East and increased our use of weapons of mass destruction to obliterate city blocks and entire villages “suspected” of harboring people who may or may not be Taliban.

        • Lars Littlefield

          I’m sure you do believe that. I’m sure you do.

    • Xuuths

      Do, please, list these so-called “eroded Constitutional rights” you numbskull. With full citations for the specific executive orders President Clinton signed to authorize it, or the specific bills passed by both House and Senate which he signed into law. Be specific.

      • Gregory In Seattle

        And the name calling starts right in the first sentence. How typical of people who know they are blowing smoke.

        Let’s start with the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) passed and signed by Clinton in response to the terrorist attack in Oklahoma City. It essentially killed habeas corpus — the guaranteed constitutional right for prisoners to challenge their incarceration and show they were wrongfully convicted. It did this in two ways: it stripped all constitutional rights from non-citizens (previously, constitution rights applied to all persons subject to US law), and it implemented very harsh, mandatory sentences that quite often were in excess of the actual crime. This act also authorized the sale of military grade weapons and gear to municipal law enforcement, leading to the militarization of police forces around the country. This was the first step towards the elimination of First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights we have seen under subsequent presidents.

        Also in 1996, Clinton signed the Denial of Marriage Act. It was passed AFTER state supreme courts had started to declare marriage equality a constitutional right and thus stripped recognized civil rights away from American citizens. Sure, the bill was passed by veto-proof majorities, but Clinton still could have vetoed it anyway and forced Congress into an override vote. Instead, he signed it as secretly as was possible: late on a Friday night with no ceremony.

        Lastly, you have heard of the Newspeak term “free speech zone”? Those areas designated as the ONLY place where people are allowed to exercise their right to assemble and petition during designated events? Those were Clinton’s idea: the very first one was in Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial. I lived in Seattle at that time; my apartment was on the ground zero where many of the events unfolded and I watched it happen in real time with my own eyes. It was Clinton who demanded that the Mayor of Seattle get the demonstrators away, resulting in the creation of “free speech zones” far away from where the WTO meetings were occuring, with very severe response (remember all that militarization of the police in the previous paragraph?) being brought to bear on anyone doing anything that might possibly be construed as protesting, with the result that people were arrested for carrying newspapers that mentioned the protests on the front page.

        Does that satisfy you? Because I could probably find a few more things.

  • Daveed_WOW


    This reporter alleges that Dreamhost is hosting the new Daily Stormer website.

    • SoCalGal20

      It’s an offshoot or reincarnated Daily Stormer. Punishedstormer.com (whiny snowflakes much?)

  • Adam King

    “1st Amendment? Just a suggestion. 4th Amendment? What 4th Amendment? Never heard of it.”

    • Natty Enquirer

      What part of Judge Morin’s reasoning do you disagree with?

      • Jonathan Smith

        “this case may commence”

  • Adam Stevens

    ‘Anonymous’ needs to step in and SHUT THIS SHIT DOWN.

  • JWC

    If Trumpy goes can we get rid of Pence and Jeffy Noregaurd

  • Barry William Teske

    Seems that #45 is intent on repeating history.
    Guessing international court is his life goal.

  • chiMaxx

    Well, at least what the judge granted is more limited than what the prosecutors were asking for–they sought info (IP addresses, etc.) of users who had even *visited* the site. Subscribers who actually set up an account would be a more limited subset. This is still too broad, and I hope Dreamhost appeals,

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      And Chief Judge Morin will keep an eye on it all. At least there’s that.

  • Brooklyn Joe
  • Dave_in_PDX

    To make matters worse for DreamHost, DailyStormer is back on the web under the domain http://www.punishedstormer.com and is being hosted by DreamHost and GoDaddy is the registrar. #Anon is 110% pissed. https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/daily-stormer-punished-stormer/

  • John Ruff

    This was internally implemented. Who are they kidding? Good for them.

  • bkmn

    Let me guess – he’s a Republican

  • Will Parkinson

    I’m one of them. Come and get me, you bastards.

  • Jeffrey

    I’m telling you Americans had better get fucking scared and angry now. The government is attempting to attack your privacy and then your freedom.

    • Gil

      But there’s so much in my Netflix queue I need to watch first!

      • Jeffrey

        Make sure Ozark is on your list

  • kaydenpat

    Appeal! This is not democratic.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    This is like the Nixon years on steroids.

  • Joe in PA

    I think it was last night, I saw a tweet or a click bait on a story that said something like: Success! Justice dept withdraws request for ….

    Fucking fake news. Arrgh.

  • Pip

    They do jack shit about nazis running rampant in the streets, killing and harming innocent people… But protesters against #45 must be ferreted out immediately.

    Just… fuck them.

  • JCF

    OK, I’m confused. Is the attack on the website in order to attack “disruptj20 dot org”, or to defend it (by taking it out) from Keebler? Pro-Drumpf DDoS or Anti-Drumpf DDoS?