Hackers Target 4chan with Denial of Service Attack

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Hackers Target 4chan with Denial of Service Attack

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In what some might call a taste of its own medicine, 4chan has been knocked off the internet for a few hours.

In a strange, but not entirely surprising, reversal of fortunes, hackers brought down notorious image board 4chan with a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A DDoS attack floods a website with more traffic than it can handle. They are a common tool of the "hacktivist" group Anonymous - often closely associated with 4chan site - who use them against various websites and organizations that have raised their ire. Targets have included the likes of Gene Simmons, who advocated taking an incredibly hard line against internet piracy, and Amazon, in support of the WikiLeaks site after Amazon removed it from its servers.

4chan founder, Christopher "Moot" Poole, confirmed that the site was down thanks to a DDoS attacked, and joked that 4chan had joined an exclusive club that included the likes of PayPal, Visa and MasterCard - all recent Anonymous targets. While the site is now back up, security analyst Paul Mutton said that the attack persisted for quite some time, and had made 4chan slow to respond or outright unreachable.

No one has come forward to take responsibility for the attack yet, but whether warranted or not, the site has a longstanding association with raids and online activism, so the list of potential attackers must be fairly long.

Source: BBC

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Oh my, I wonder what kind of internet storm is brewing with something like this.
Also, did Moot comment on the status of his soup?

::Grabs popcorn.::

It's Gene Simmons of course.

Hell hath no fury like Anonymous' scorn...

This'll be good.

Huh, still works for me...

Sun shines, grass grows, and 4chan gets DDOS'd. Although I'm surprised that they managed to take it down.

anonymous got bored, so they decided to DDoS themselves, thats all that happened.

I'm sure Anon will just backtrace the culprits and have them arrested.

This internet war is taking interesting twists.

Thankfully, it's doubtful there will be any lasting damage... right?

Thunderhorse31:
I'm sure Anon will just backtrace the culprits and have them arrested.

They dun goofed, I'd say.

Also, THE IRONY! IT IS DELICIOUS!

Maybe its a secret government retaliation.

I hear several government websites got attacked, and some politicians had their bank accounts frozen. Maybe they wanted revenge.

Ebaumsworld!

Uh... no idea who that could have been.

Thunderhorse31:
I'm sure Anon will just backtrace the culprits and have them arrested.

The consequences will never be the same![/meme]

I wonder how Anonymous will react to this?

When they were attacking Paypal and such, I was actually hoping for this to happen.

What's that, Sandvich? DDoS 4Chan? GOOD IDEA!!

The Heavy's computer savviness aside, the irony is simply delicious. Much like Sandvich is.

What they're not saying is that it was all due to the /co board being overrun with new "My Little Brony" pics and comments.

First the guy that got plowed on the highway trying to play real-life frogger, and now the most ironic thing on the internet? What's next, me going outside the house?

Thorvan:
Also, THE IRONY! IT IS DELICIOUS!

Mmmm...Irony. Sweet, sweet irony....

Anonymous VS Anonymous, this will get interesting.

skitzo van:
First the guy that got plowed on the highway trying to play real-life frogger, and now the most ironic thing on the internet? What's next, me going outside the house?

Quick, just do it! Make this the day of the "Trifecta of Ridiculous"!

lacktheknack:

skitzo van:
First the guy that got plowed on the highway trying to play real-life frogger, and now the most ironic thing on the internet? What's next, me going outside the house?

Quick, just do it! Make this the day of the "Trifecta of Ridiculous"!

I would for the weirdness of it, but it's raining like hell outside.

lacktheknack:

skitzo van:
First the guy that got plowed on the highway trying to play real-life frogger, and now the most ironic thing on the internet? What's next, me going outside the house?

Quick, just do it! Make this the day of the "Trifecta of Ridiculous"!

*steps outside*

*world explodes*

-:O

I'm just waiting for the US government to cook up some reason to send Moot to a secret Slovakian torture chamber "for the lulz". Gods, I hate 4chan.

lacktheknack:
This internet war is taking interesting twists.

Thankfully, it's doubtful there will be any lasting damage... right?

Just as long as a stray bullet doesn't kill the Escapist. The rest can burn for awhile and think about what its been doing with its life before being brought back.

OT: 4chan attacked? I'm not to terribly surprised. It might mean there is infighting among anon then.

Just keep me out of it, I'd like to stay neutral in all this.

Methinks Tumblr have been up to their pony tricks again.

Pft. The whole site DDoS's on a regular basis with all the ball-brained tools that flood /b/ whenever a new fapping object appears.

But if it was hackers, then I'm just going to sit back and love the fireworks.

My god, the devastation of the DDoS attack that does nothing! It hath aleady stuck minecraft, paypal, amazon, wikileaks and 4chan. When will the senseless and pointless violence stop?

4chan gets DDoS'd two or three times a year.

Nobody cares, because it always comes back relatively quickly.

If someone actually brought it down permanently, that would be news.

4chan gets DDoS'd two or three times a year.

Nobody cares, because it always comes back relatively quickly.

If someone actually brought it down permanently, that would be news.

I hope it's Genne Simmons because that would be hilarious.

Thorvan:

Thunderhorse31:
I'm sure Anon will just backtrace the culprits and have them arrested.

They dun goofed, I'd say.

Also, THE IRONY! IT IS DELICIOUS!

I'll call the cyber police.

Oooooooh This looks fun.

Go Gene!!

Eh. This may not even be infighting between Anon, this could just be the advent of a new meme that the denizens of /b/ have flocked to, inadvertently causing their own DDoS. But /b/ being targeted is hardly new.

Though, the irony is mildly delicious.

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