A website dedicated to opposing gay marriage has been removed from the internet the day it was launched after it was the target of one of the "largest unprecedented attacks" on a website in New Zealand.
The "Protect Marriage" website, launched today by Family First, crashed in a matter of hours as a result of a "large-scale denial of service attack" according to the site's webhost.
It was back up and running at 1pm, but had been removed completely by the webhosting company later this afternoon, to "protect its own servers".
"Due to large scale Denial of Service attacks against this domain it has been decided to ensure the stability and security of our servers and network, this account has been removed," said a message from 24/7 Hosting.
David Farrar, who does support redefining marriage to include two people of the same-sex, is annoyed the site has been shut down because he can't fisk it! But more seriously, even he is not happy with such an attack on freedom of speech. See A bad thing.
UPDATE: A commenter, Csanad on Kiwiblog suggests that sites that are subject to these sorts of attacks use ClouldFlare, a more advanced webhost that is constantly evaluating it's traffic for threats. Here's an interview with the CEO and founder: Matthew Prince on how he founded CloudFlare – challenges, controversies, and his take on the startup scene. It's amazing how prevalent DNS attacks are - many of which are done for anti-competitive reasons.
‘The day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th, we saw a number of small-business flower shops come under attack: a purely financially-motivated essentially extortion scheme that said pay us a thousand dollars or we’ll knock your site offline on the busiest day‘.
Related link: Anti gay marriage website shut down ~ Stuff