FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXXON HACKS THE YES MEN
Yes Men badly need sysadmin, server co-location
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 (188.8.131.52), and furthermore prevented email from being sent from the Yes Men's primary IP address (184.108.40.206). 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.")
While this problem is temporarily resolved, the story is far from
over. Meanwhile, though, two bigger problems loom, for which we're asking your help:
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.
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!