Tag: Blue Security

Blue Security crash brings bigger debate

The Blue Security fiasco took down SixApart, but it seems the trouble didn’t end there. Multitudes of related operations went haywire, begging the question – is the internet really that fragile?

Slashdot readers debate the issue. I wonder if embracing IPv6 would solve a lot of these problems.

Did someone step on Blue Frog?

According to a comment from David Hart of TQMcube.com, Blue Security is no longer.

Maybe they are just hopping around, looking for a new host, or maybe they have the early summer blues…or maybe I am not very funny and should just shut my fat trap. The latter seems the best option right now.

Verified – whois says no nameserver for the site.



Techdirt chimes in, although I don’t consider it a win for anyone.

The Slashdot crowd does too.

And The Redding Herring misses on the subtitle.

Frog or fungus – are Blue Frog’s numbers for real?

Any time a company completely falls on its face, the pundits are going to say “I told you so.” After all, the naysayers can’t be right until after the dominos tumble, now can they?

In the case of Blue Frog, shit certainly seems to have hit the fan, so it comes as no surprise that negative talk would abound. In the case of TQM’s analysis of Blue Security, however, it seems there are some numbers to back up the scepticism.

While I don’t agree with the pre-formed conclusion regarding Blue Frog’s IPO aspirations, the writeup is interesting. On the IPO issue, any company going pubic with numbers that are difficult to tie out doesn’t stand much of a chance nowadays – it isn’t 1999 anymore. The fact that the whole Blue Security process was deemed questionable from the start, including by your’s truly, makes the possibility of a pubic offering difficult to imagine. The fact that it is a small, one product/service company in a market for which there are numerous competing products offered by diversified security providers, is just another broken staple in the red herring.

Anyone have a blue casket?

Or a blue-suited lawyer?

“The best analogy I can think of is that it’d be like you dealing with a water main break in your basement by hooking a big hose up to the leaking joint and redirecting the water into your neighbor’s basement instead.” – Jason Levine

That eloquent statement by Mr. Levine was used to describe what could possibly be the winner of “The 2006 Idiots of Systems Administration Award.” After Blue Security, which garnered some attention at Spamroll a few days back, got caught with their pants (and website) down, they purportedly decided to route the DDOS traffic they were getting over to their blog, which just so happens to be hosted by SixApart’s Typepad. The result – all of SixApart went down – LiveJournal, Typepad, and even the corporate home page.

I have to say that despite trying to play the impartial with this whole Blue Security fiasco (i.e. despising the spam, but disagreeing with the “Blue-method” as well), I now believe that if Blue Security pulled this off, they deserve whatever reincarnation of business hell is headed their way.

Instead of having their users “hopping mad,” they got a few million bloggers (from SixApart’s services) pissed off instead? Hmm. From an anti-spam service, you would think they’d know better.

Blue Frog users may be hopping mad

Blue Frog, providers of the Blue Security anti-spam service that I questioned some months back, may soon have some pissed off users. It seems the Blue Security user list may have gotten out into the open, and some anti-anti-spammer is readying a spam barrage against that user list.

Your email address has never been safe in your favorite mailing list, but getting spammed for using an anti-spam service is definitely a new one for the internet. For users of Blue Security, it might be time to change that address. For Blue Security, which essentially emails spammers warning them to stop, it might be time for a few more SMTP servers.

Smart folks weigh in on spam solutions

We have the Slashdotters making some quick comments on Blue Security’s unorthodox anti-spam solution, but I am more interested in the comments on spam solutions in general.

For those not so lucky to have heard about Blue Security, Spamroll already weighed in on their “offering.” But if you want to hear about it from someone who actually knows what they are talking about, catch Brian McWilliams’s latest on Blue Security’s Blue Frog.