73,000 blogs shut down as FBI probes Qaeda posts
An Internet hosting service said Tuesday that it shut down a blogging platform because bomb-making instructions and an al-Qaeda “hit list” had been posted on the site.
BurstNET, a Pennsylvania-based Web hosting service, said that it shut down Blogetery.com earlier this month after US law enforcement officials pointed out the al-Qaeda material on the platform used by some 70,000 bloggers.
In a statement, BurstNET said it was asked by law enforcement officials on July 9 to provide information about the ownership of the server hosting Blogetry.com.
“It was revealed that a link to terrorist material, including bomb-making instructions and an al-Qaeda ‘hit list,’ had been posted to the site,” BurstNET said.
“This policy strictly prohibits the posting of ‘terrorist propaganda, racist material, or bomb/weapon instructions,'” BurstNET said.
“Due to this violation and the fact that the site had a history of previous abuse, BurstNET elected to immediately disable the system,” it said.
The unidentified operator of Blogetary.com complained in a post on a Web forum that the service had been cut off without explanation.
“After being BurstNet customer for 7 months our server was terminated without any notification or explanation,” the operator said.