Victoria, British Columbia, Canada -- Indymedia news editors are requesting help today after administrative functions were knocked out by a flood of hate speech. The troll known as the "Anti-Tre Troll" has successfully evaded troll-traps (IP address blocking) by spoofing and shifting IP addresses - only the second troll in Vic-IMC history to do so.
The attacks are focused almost entirely on imprisoned forest activist Tre Arrow, currently being held in a British Columbia jail while fighting extradition to the United States. The FBI has labeled Tre an eco-terrorist and one of America's most wanted, claiming (with little evidence) that the well-known activist was responsible for burning logging trucks and heavy equipment in Oregon three years ago. Tre is facing eighty years to life if convicted.
Tre's friends and supporters in the US and Canada regularly contribute updates about his case and about the legal defense network that has coalesced across Canada and the US. Articles about Tre are regularly spammed with hate speech and offensive images, but vigilant editors delete the posts and block repeat offenders.
Until now. Editing and administration pages crashed this afternoon under a barrage of virulent posts arriving in rapid succession. This reporter has suggested that the site suspend publishing comments so that editing functions can be restored.
Observers note that the attacks against Tre Arrow are more vicious and persistent than any other destabilization campaign waged against the activist media website.
"This guy is dedicated -- I've only seen IP spoofing once before on the site, used by a holocaust-denial neo-nazi poster. It is usually used by only the most dedicated (or professional) trolls," wrote a frustrated collective member.
Victoria Indymedia uses an older version of the SF-Active program, and the collective is once again requesting assistance to upgrade the site's software in order to defend against troll attacks. Please send email to email@example.com.