Blog platform shut down after terrorist postings

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Bomb-making instructions posted.

Web hosting company BurstNET Technologies has taken its blogging platform down after a link to terrorist material was posted to the site.

In a statement regarding the termination of service to, BurstNET claimed that on the evening of 9 July, it received a notice of a critical nature from law enforcement officials and was asked to provide information regarding ownership of the server hosting

It said: “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. Upon review, BurstNET determined that the posted material, in addition to potentially inciting dangerous activities, specifically violated the BurstNET acceptable use policy.

“This policy strictly prohibits the posting of ‘terrorist propaganda, racist material, or bomb/weapon instructions'. Due to this violation and the fact that the site had a history of previous abuse, BurstNET elected to immediately disable the system.”

There was no mention of if or when the platform would be restated. Charlie Abrahams, VP and general manager of EMEA at MarkMonitor, commented that normal practice with online enforcement is to ask for either the site to be taken down or the offending content removed.

“However, in this situation, I am not sure why the host did not request the offending content be removed, but I suspect that the egregious nature of this particular blog meant they just took the most expedient route, which was removal of the whole site. Certainly breach of terms of service is the most common means to get sites or content removed by an ISP,” he said.

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