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The latest incarnation of the hate-filled online forum 8chan was temporarily kicked off the internet 8ch sex Sunday, after a company protecting the site from DDoS attacks cut its services. The site, which is now called 8kun but was formerly known as 8chan, was back online on Monday morning, security researcher Brian Krebs reported, with a Russian company freshly enlisted to provide the protection services. The site had been bouncing around to various service providers since the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare booted it off its platform inamid reports the forum was used by the suspects in several mass shootings to post white nationalist manifestos ahead of the attacks.
The latest 8chan version was being kept online by one internet provider, Washington state-based VanwaTech. The connection between the forum and VanwaTech was first reported on Twitter by Fredrick Brennan, an American software developer who helped create 8chan but has since cut ties with it over its hate and violence and spends time tracking down sites that enable it.
Over the weekend, CNServers cut ties with VanwaTech and the websites it protected for the company upon learning about the 8chan ties. A large of the other sites dedicated to QAnon were also affected by the outage. The founder of Spartan Host, which is based in Belfast, has repeatedly defended his decision to keep 8chan and affiliated sites online.
This article was corrected on 20 October to note that QAnon originated on 4chanand that 8chan was created as a more lawless alternative to 4chan. This article is more than 8 months old. The hate-filled online forum 8chan, is the birthplace of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Kari Paul in San Francisco. Tue 20 Oct . Topics Technology QAnon 4chan The far right news.
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