Ok, er, wow. Now Nibras Bawa is sending out mails threatening to hack Kottu. Is it possible to break Kottu? Yes, I do it all the time. However, it’s simply impossible to destroy peoples content as Bawa claims. Kottu is an aggregator. It doesn’t host any content at all. I’ve completely crashed Kottu and been able to reconstitute it in 10 minutes. It’s basically WordPress plus a few plugins and a blogroll. The beauty of an aggregator is that all the content is on a hundred other sites and the aggregator can be rebuilt anywhere.
I think Bawa is just trying to spread fear, so my recommendation is to just ignore him. Don’t correspond with him over email, when I get to a certain point with trolls I just set up a GMail filter to send their mails directly to trash.
Is Kottu in danger? I dunno, don’t think so, as judging by his mail he doesn’t even seem to understand what it is. Even if he did knock over Kottu it wouldn’t remove any of the posts (which are on other sites). I can just reboot the server and start over.
So basically, even if he can somehow figure out and attack Kottu, it still won’t delete any of the posts he’s worried about. None of those are centrally hosted. Also, Kottu is pretty well secured by now.
So, don’t worry, and feel free to delete any further mails from this character. I seriously recommend cutting off contact with him or forwarding the mails to me. He’s basically threatening ‘violence’ and attacks now. Per Kottu, that site is A) secured B) easily rebuilt and C) not the actual host of any content.
Though I find it distasteful, I have no ‘official’ position on the insults and hurt feelings going around. My only concern is that peoples privacy is being violated. In one of his ultimatums Bawa mentioned that he’d go back to the global blogosphere and leave this scene alone. I hope he does.