Yesterday Cloudflare fired the first shot in what would become a salvo aimed squarely at the front page of 8chan.
Following two mass shootings in the US at the weekend where one shooter posted a manifesto to 8chan, the forum has become prime enemy number one in the eyes of the internet.
Following its ousting from Cloudflare, 8chan entrusted its DDoS protection, content delivery network needs and DNS requirements to BitMitigate. As Ars Technica points out, BitMitigate came to the rescue of The Daily Stormer when Cloudflare refused to do work with that website in 2017.
That might have been that, had it not been for Alex Stamos, director at the Stanford Internet Observatory noticed something peculiar.
As it turned out, BitMitigate doesn’t own much hardware and instead rents infrastructure from Voxility, a cloud service firm similar to Cloudflare.
In case you were wondering, it looks like the new host of 8chan and Daily Stormer will effectively be @voxility. It looks like Epik/Bitmitigate owns very little of their own hardware and instead rents Voxility's servers and AS.https://t.co/K3NXyVYcUThttps://t.co/zC0csJpQZp pic.twitter.com/pml4bL0kUU
— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) August 5, 2019
Upon learning that its infrastructure was being used by 8chan and The Daily Stormer, Voxility cut the service to both websites.
As of time of writing 8chan is inaccessible and the last known URL for The Daily Stormer appears to yield a similar result.
For now then 8chan and Daily Stormer appear to be offline but, as we learned in 2017 when this first happened to the Daily Stormer, these websites often come back more hardy than ever.
With that having been said, with The Daily Stormer being kicked off its service thanks to 8chan courting controversy, we do wonder how long these websites will be offline especially with so many firms putting space between them and the forum.[Image – CC 0 Pixabay]