Sonic Wall Threatens 1389 Blog

by CzechRebel on September 12, 2007

in 1389 (blog admin), blog censorship, censorware, cyberwars, CzechRebel (blog admin), e-jihad, enemy propaganda

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Like today’s memorial of 9-11? Apparently, Sonic Wall does not.

It looks like Sonic Wall has reconsidered its earlier decision to keep the 1389 Blog’s rating benign.

(See Breaking News: Sonic Wall’s Censors Attack the 1389 Blog!)

Email from Sonic Wall:

Dear Customer:

You submitted the following rating request to SonicWALL CFS Support:
Rate as “25.Political/Advocacy Groups” at 2007-09-10 08:25:00.500

The request has been reviewed and rated as:
“1.Violence/Hate/Racism” at 2007-09-11 04:33:02.453

You should see this rating change reflected within 1 to 3 business days.

Thank you for your request,
SonicWALL CFS Support

We will keep you updated.

Meanwhile, please read the comments here.


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Foehammer September 11, 2007 at 6:15 pm

This symptom strikes me as being the result of someone using a series of chained computers, perhaps controlled by trojans, or a very sophisticted proxy network, in order to “stuff the ballot box.”

On the other hand, it might actually be someone within Sonic Wall itself or a very organized group of Leftofascist bloggers/activists behind this kind of flip-flopping of ratings.

2 Jenn Sierra September 11, 2007 at 6:20 pm

It sounds like SonicWALL is struggling with the the “political correctness” doctrine that is so rampant in our society.

3 Ron September 11, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Here’s what I wrote in my latest submission on their stupid form:

I think you guys are losing your minds. This site has been reclassified several times over the last few days and it invariably goes right back to being listed as a hate site. It is no such thing!

As an IT consultant to business I will be watching to see if you can get your act together. If you cannot, I will be strongly recommending against SonicWall to my clients. Please have an actual person look at this site and give it an honest assessment. It clearly is not related to hate or any of the other bogus categories it has recently been assigned to.

4 Will Forte September 11, 2007 at 7:14 pm

I’m an IT consultant as well, and I still wholeheartedly recommend Sonicwall to my customers. This incident, while unfortunate, is no reason to blacklist an entire company’s products.

Let’s not forget that a Sonicwall firewall administrator can easily unblock a given site, so this is not a big deal.

5 1389 September 11, 2007 at 8:42 pm

The site admins COULD unblock these individual sites if they were aware of this and felt like making the effort, but as a practical matter, they generally can’t be bothered.

And how many workers, students, hotel guests. and WiFi customers are willing to stick their necks out that far? How many people would risk getting involved in a major brouhaha, every single time they want to have an individual blog removed from the blacklist?

It also puts good blogs out of business. We aren’t about to travel around the world to ask every censorware site admin to take our blogs off their blacklist!


6 Lady Predator September 12, 2007 at 7:20 am

Sutter and his buddies are most likely the culprits. But I’m sure these web filtering companies are full of leftofascists, useful idiots willing too filter right blogs who are antijihadists.

It is prolly time for more direct contact.

7 Foehammer September 12, 2007 at 10:26 am

It’s a VERY big deal, Mr. Forte, because this is hardly an isolated incident. needs a new SonicWALL rating –

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