The perils of technology in the classroom. This one deserves a "SMH" and a "FML".
Last night, at around midnight, my class' Internet board, done through Nicenet, was attacked by Internet spammers. They spent hours posting extremely racist and homophobic content (that the students were discussing James Baldwin may or may not be relevant). Because I get sent a new email every time there is a response, my email box was filled up with hundreds of these racist and homophobic responses today; my students' were the same. I've heard that it might be originated from a group called 4chan, which apparently does these sort of spams. Some students have told me they have a "/b/" mark, and I saw that a few times in the messages I skimmed:
This message is forwarded through Nicenet's
Internet Classroom Assistant
Sup, raid is successful. /b/lackup delivered. I'll post some CP links shortly, thankyou.
that is all
There's also a bunch of links to gore, sexual depravity, and violence. It's really crazy.
The kids seemed funny and okay with it today, most knowing much more about this sort of raid than I am. One girl named "Jenny" was posting a thesis statement when it started happening. One of the first messages was a response to her, simply saying, "Jenny, you are a bitch." She laughed and laughed about it today. And, the group did post to just some random funny stuff, like this Youtube video, which was put in hundreds of the messages.
They got out of some homework, so I hope none of them are behind it. I don't think they are; most of them seem pretty annoyed by it and their Facebook statuses confirm their annoyance.
Has anyone heard of this before? I mean, I can read the Wikipedia entry for Anonymous group (most messages were signed Anonymous) but I still don't really get it. Why was my class targeted? It had to have been a whole army of people because each stgudent got hundreds of emails. I had to delete my class from the site and am pretty annoyed; I think it's a pretty cool learning tool.
Post-script: I just googled our class' key code and discovered it was one of my students who posted on the 4chan discussion board to blast our Nicenet discussion board so to never have to do homework on it again.
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