If you support the opposition movement in Iran, you must stop DDoS attacks immediately. Here are just a few of the many reasons why:
- DDoS attacks give the government an excuse to censor even more
- DDoS attacks help the government propaganda machine portray the opposition negatively, as troublemakers
- There is a finite amount of network resources in Iran. Think of Iran like a house and network devices such as routers are the doors to the house. If a bunch of people try to go in the doors at the same time. How can anyone get out?
- These DDoS attacks offer no strategic advantage because the assets targeted are not critical for the government. However, the Internet resources of Iran, which these DDoS attacks degrade, are critical for the opposition.
- You've probably noticed less communication (tweets, videos, pics) coming from members of the opposition recently. DDoS is contributing to the difficulty they are facing with getting their message out.
- The government has already throttled bandwidth for access points that they control. DDoS attacks waste what little precious bandwidth is left.
- DDoS attacks disturb the operations of upstream service providers that manage the routers which lead to the routers in Iran, which may prompt them to filter traffic destined for Iran or remove routes to/from Iranian routers. This hurts the opposition much more than it hurts the government.
So, take all of those resources you're spending on DDoS attacks and rechannel them to proxies. The opposition needs proxies to get the message out.
Protesters need Web proxies. A tor relay is a special type of Web proxy. Encourage everyone to set up Tor relays and set one up yourself: http://bit.ly/1agCMj Yes, there are other ways to get around the government filters, but we're concentrating our efforts on Tor.