The Yes Men have been attacked. There’s no hard proof that the attackers is EXXON – but make up your own mind:
EXXON HACKS THE YES MEN
Yes Men badly need sysadmin, server co-location
One day after the Yes Men made a joke announcement that ExxonMobil plans to turn billions of climate-change victims into a brand-new fuel called Vivoleum, the Yes Men’s upstream internet service provider shut down Vivoleum.com, the Yes Men’s spoof website, and cut off the Yes Men’s email service, in reaction to a complaint whose source they will not identify. The provider, Broadview Networks, also made the Yes Men remove all mention of Exxon from TheYesMen.org before they’d restore the Yes Men’s email service.
The Yes Men assume the complainant was Exxon. “Since parody is protected under US law, Exxon must think that people seeing the site will think Vivoleum’s a real Exxon product, not just a parody,” said Yes Man Mike Bonanno. “Exxon’s policies do already contribute to 150,000 climate-change related deaths each year,” added Yes Man Andy Bichlbaum. “So maybe it really
is credible. What a resource!”
After receiving the complaint June 15, Broadview added a “filter”
that disabled the Vivoleum.com IP address (126.96.36.199), and furthermore
prevented email from being sent from the Yes Men’s primary IP address
(188.8.131.52). Even after all Exxon logos were removed from both sites and
a disclaimer was placed on Vivoleum.com on Tuesday, Broadview would still
not remove the filter. (The disclaimer read: “Although Vivoleum is not a
real ExxonMobil program, it might as well be.”)
Broadview did restore both IPs on Wednesday, after the Vivoleum.com website
was completely disabled and all mention of Exxon was removed from
While this problem is temporarily resolved, the story is far from over.
Meanwhile, though, two bigger problems loom, for which we’re asking your
1. THE YES MEN’S SERVER NEEDS A NEW HOME.
Broadview Networks provides internet connectivity to New York’s Thing.net
and the websites and servers it hosts, including the Yes Men’s server.
Thing.net has been a host for many years to numerous activist and artist
websites and servers.
At the end of July, Thing.net will terminate its contract with Broadview and
move its operations to Germany, where internet expression currently benefits
from a friendlier legal climate than in the US, and where baseless threats
by large corporations presumably have less weight with providers. At that
time, the Yes Men and two other organizations with servers “co-located” at
Thing.net will need a new home for those servers. Please write to us if you
can offer such help or know of someone who can.
2. THE YES MEN NEED A SYSADMIN.
The Yes Men are desperately in need of a sysadmin. The position is unpaid at
the moment, but it shouldn’t take much time for someone who knows Debian
Linux very well. It involves monitoring the server, keeping it up-to-date,
making sure email is working correctly, etc.
The person could also maintain the Yes Men’s website (which will be updated
next week), if she or he wants.
Thing.net also needs a sysadmin: someone living in New York who knows Linux
well. The Thing.net position involves some money and the rewards of working
for an organization that has consistently and at great personal risk
supported groups like the Yes Men over the years.
THE YES MEN AND THING.NET THANK YOU!