Breaking: Gawker Is Being Attacked by 4Chan

Our weekend editor Joe Coscarelli wrote on Saturday about Gawker writer Adrian Chen going head-to-head with a pointedly dangerous and particularly insane subset of users from message board 4Chan called /B over a smear campaign they conducted on an 11 year-old girl. "They're petty and disgusting," he noted, "but they get shit done." And getting shit done (to Gawker) is apparently what they're doing right now.

From inside Gawker comes this memo from the blog network's top tech brains:

On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM, Jeremy Chase wrote: We are having major issues at the moment, expect problems.

From: Thomas Plunkett Date: July 19, 2010 11:41:09 AM EDT To: Jeremy Chase Cc: all@gawker.com Subject: Re: STATUS: Site problems

To clarify -- there is an apparent attack planned (and underway a bit early):

http://boards.4chan.org/b/res/254339741

We are addressing the issue, and you may not experience problems.

Uh, go to that link at your own risk, because 4Chan is the craziness. I'm serious.

But yes: as Joe noted, they were planning to attack Gawker, and now they're following through. What a fun way to start the week! More as we get it.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]

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