Image board site 4Chan, which has a close association with “Online Living Consciousness” Anonymous, has been taken down by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
According to a blog post by founder Christopher Poole, the site had been compromised by a flood of rogue web traffic, temporarily denying the users of their daily Lolcats fix.
“Another day, another DDoS,” Poole posted (opens in new tab).
Whilst many members of 4Chan are also members of Anonymous, security firm Netcraft (opens in new tab) claims that it is as yet unknown whether the attack on the image site is linked to the current “Operation Tunisia” attacks by Anonymous.
The “Internet Gathering” launched an attack against the Tunisian Government claiming that they censored bloggers and suppressed news on WikiLeaks. The DDoS successfully managed to knock out the main government website and also that of President Zine El Abidine
“The Tunisian government wants to control the present with falsehoods and misinformation in order to impose the future by keeping the truth hidden from its citizens. We will not remain silent while this happens” Anonymous said in a statement.