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We’re Back! Sorry, Lady-Haters.

You may have noticed that Skepchick has been in and out (oooooh) for the past day. The cause was a DDoS attack that also targeted FreethoughtBlogs and Feminist Frequency, sites that, like Skepchick, happen to talk about feminism in a positive way. Besides that commonality, we all use different hosts and software, so it seems awfully probable that our “women are people, too” stance is what made us a target.

We owe a huge thanks to FTB for giving us the info we needed to stop the attack and get back online. We also owe a huge thanks to the attackers, who drove a lot of people to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep getting their Skepchick fix while the site was down.

I will conclude with some appropriate gifs, below.

Batman slap

peter dinklage finger

you mad

haters gonna hate

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. There is something terribly ironic about people who claim to be supportive of the goals of skepticism attempting to use tactics like DDoS attacks to silence people they don’t agree with.

    This kind of behavior should be eschewed by skeptics whether or not the target is inside or outside the movement. If you feel someone’s statements are not comparable with the evidence the proper way to dispute their claims is through…you know…reason and evidence, not through attempts to silence your opposition through hacking. Anyone who thinks the hacking your opponents websites is a legitimate avenue of dissent has no idea what it means to identify as a skeptic.

  2. The internet is under the thumb of the matriarchyyyyyyy. Why else would these sites be back uuuuuup? Your gifs are oppressing meeeeeeeeee.

    (Thank you, FTBers, for the work!)

    1. Oh, I’ve been having fun trolling LDS missionaries who talk to me about Jesus’s adventures…IN AMERICA! on buses and trains recently. (Seriously, I think I’ve read better fanfic on the Pit of Voles.)

  3. Ack! Now my browser is getting an animated GIF based DOS attack. Safari can’t handle all this awesome.

  4. All credit to our site tech, Alex. Really glad you all managed to make it back too. Now I just hope the assholes aren’t terribly sophisticated so they don’t figure out how to beat the new configuration.

      1. In fact, I even scold them on not even realizing that a DDoS attack is really just weaponized spam. It’s not permanent damage, and all that happens in the end is that Skeptech gets a bunch of shiny new IPs to send to the local police department to investigate for harassment.

  5. Glad to see you back.
    I think I don’t understand how to freeze peaches correctly:
    Banning somebody from your own blog: Terrible censorship call Amnesty International!
    Trying to silence three different networks you disagree with: Just deserts!

  6. I have a theory that the reason scammers tend to also be conspiracy theorists is because, if they had the power, they would work to censor real scientists and historians in the way they accuse academia of doing so. Evil cannot comprehend good, if you will. (Of course, evil would say good is dumb because evil stole good’s Schwartz ring.)

    It would apply to misogynists too.

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