History Meets Hackers: Internet Archive Battles Ongoing DDoS Attacks

Under Siege: Internet Archive Battles Ongoing DDoS Attacks

The Internet Archive is allegedly subject to continuing DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. The attacks began over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to the California-based charity, and some users reported being unable to access the digital archive site for several hours on Monday.

Why target the Internet Archive?

The motives behind DDoS attacks can vary. In the case of the Internet Archive, it seems:

  • Ideological Vendetta: Some believe that the attackers oppose the archive‚Äôs mission of open access to information. Perhaps they resent the democratization of knowledge or harbor a grudge against the organization.
  • Collateral Damage: The Internet Archive hosts controversial content, including political websites, historical documents, and even old Geocities pages. An attack on the archive could inadvertently affect unrelated sites.

“Archive.org is under DDoS attack,” the nonprofit’s X account announced Monday morning. “The data is not affected, but most services are unavailable.”

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30 May 2024
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