4chan, web forum used by the hacker group Anonymous, reportedly succumbed to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) counterattacks.
The web forum tasted its own medicine when unknown hackers hit it with DDoS attacks on Tuesday, forcing it to go offline.
4Chan founder Christopher Poole, aka “moot” said in a blog post, “Site is down due to DDoS. We now join the ranks of MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, et al.-- an exclusive club!”
A DDoS attack uses a large number of computers to flood websites with such a large number of data requests that it can’t carry on, which finally weaken the site and force it to go offline.
The DDoS attacks against 4Chan are being seen as retaliation to similar attacks that some 4Chan members (Anonymous) launched in support of whistleblowers’ site Wikileaks.
4chan’s user Anonymous recently hit several agencies and financial companies, including Amazon, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and the Swedish Prosecution Authority, to show its for WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.
It is not yet clear who mounted DDoS attacks against 4Chan as nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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