Whale Oil woes

The Whale Oil blog is down, claimed to be the victim of a denial of service attack after comments about a death on the West Coast were reacted to. NBR Report:

Cam Slater complains to police as DoS attack takes his Whaleoil blog offline

Cam Slater’s Whaleoil site was down this afternoon after being swamped by a denial-of-service attack (which sees a malicious hacker buy space on hijacked PCs to overwhelm a website’s capacity).

“It’s a DoS attack, originating in New Zealand,” Mr Slater told NBR.

The controversial blogger has no shortage of enemies. He named a couple he thought were probably responsible for today’s attack – but you’ll have to wait until his site goes back online to read those (so far) unsubstantiated allegations.

“I have also been getting death threats via text and on Facebook,” Mr Slater told NBR. I have notified police, especially [over] the text messages.”

Mr Slater said he was working to get Whaleoil back online.

There has been more explained on Whale’s Facebook,

Clearly feral is an emotive word that unhinged ppl…perhaps I should start calling them a violent rural vigilante mob

And from Pete (also from Whale Oil):

Hi there everyone. I’m Pete. I am one of the people that works at Whaleoil. Here’s the situation. Death threats and threats of violence have been made. Now, if we all can agree we’ve had our fun, and we get on with the rest of our days, and things go back to normal, it would be nice. If not, we really need to take the next step, which is to identify who is involved behind the threats of violence, murder and suicide, with the help of the Police and other authorities.

This is going to stop at some time. Be it an hour, or later today, or even some days from now. It will get boring. So can I please ask you to cut it out now, and then things don’t get out of hand.

Because if we have to come and MAKE people stop, we can’t do that without the help of people like the Police. And once they are involved, things can get out of hand.

I’m just having a day off work, thanks to you people. It’s not really hurting me. Nor is it really hurting Cameron Slater. But these death threats and threats of violence cross a line. Stop now.

If things haven’t settled by 2pm, and they stay settled, it’s out of my hands what happens next.


Some of it seems very not nice. Like:

Jolene Mcgowan: id love to c dis wanker show his face on the coast wud b great to watch him get every punch kick an bullet he deserves an well i bet the cops wud just stand back an watch it happen scum like dis guy dont deserve help from any1

Some nasty stuff has been ignited.

Geography lesson for the Herald

The New Zealand Herald should know it’s New Zealand geography, but they have made another bad mistake.

Quake strikes close to Te Anau

A moderately strong earthquake has struck close to the West Coast town of Te Anau overnight.

I advised them on Twitter of their mistake but no correction has been made.

Te Anau is on the border between Southland and Fiordland.

fiordland_map1The West Coast is north of Fiordland:

West Coast map

Te Anau is not even close to the West Coast.

This is basic South Island Geography, or it should be for a publication with “New Zealand” in it’s name.