QAnon/8Chan Sites Back Online After Being Ousted By DDoS-Protection Vendor

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A few dozen QAnon and 8chan-related sites were knocked offline temporarily yesterday when a DDoS-protection vendor disabled their access, according to an article by security reporter Brian Krebs. The websites […] are connected to the Internet via the US-based ISP VanwaTech, which in turn “had a single point of failure on its end,” Krebs wrote. “The swath of Internet addresses serving the various 8kun/QAnon sites were being protected from otherwise crippling and incessant distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks by Hillsboro, Ore. based CNServers LLC.”

That changed yesterday when security researcher Ron Guilmette called CNServers, which apparently didn’t realize it was providing security protection to the websites. “Within minutes of that call, CNServers told its customer — Spartan Host Ltd., which is registered in Belfast, Northern Ireland — that it would no longer be providing DDoS protection for the set of 254 Internet addresses that Spartan Host was routing on behalf of VanwaTech,” Krebs wrote. Those 254 addresses included the few dozen related to QAnon and 8chan, which is now known as 8kun. The websites didn’t remain offline for long because Spartan Host quickly “changed its settings so that VanwaTech’s Internet addresses were protected from attacks by ddos-guard[.]net, a company based in St. Petersburg, Russia,” Krebs wrote.

“VanwaTech CEO Nick Lim in November 2019 defended his company’s role in keeping 8kun websites online, writing on Twitter, ‘I do what I do because I truly believe in free speech and I believe in protecting people from cyber security attacks,'” adds Ars Technica.

Spartan Host founder Ryan McCully told Krebs yesterday that he intends to keep VanwaTech as a customer. “We follow the ‘law of the land’ when deciding what we allow to be hosted with us, with some exceptions to things that may cause resource issues etc.,” McCully told Krebs. “Just because we host something, it doesn’t say anything about [what] we do and don’t support; our opinions don’t come into hosted content decisions.”

Further reading: Is QAnon an 8Chan Game Gone Wrong?