Feeds

Pirate Bay struggling to get on feet after DDoS to the knee

Anonymous says 'not us, dude'

High performance access to file storage

The Pirate Bay claimed to be “getting back up! Stronger than ever!” this evening after crumpling under a DDoS attack for most of today.

The draining of the Pirate Bay sparked speculation that it was a victim of Anonymous, after the torrent site slated the hacktivist collective last week.

The torrent site cum copyright freedom fighter haven first came a cropper about 24 hours ago, admitting that it was “down, for some people” and pointing visitors to its Facebook page in the direction of proxies.

By early this morning, it had worked out “We're under a quite big ddos attack. We don't know who's behind it but we have our suspicions...Once we've awaken our tech guru Winston Q we'll get on the issue. “

Around 6pm UK time it was telling its Facebook followers, “We were loling just like you, then we took an ddos to the knee. But now we're getting back up! Stronger than ever!”

That knee must be hurting bad, as from where we’re sat, it’s still unavailable, though downforeveryoneorjustme said it was up. Perhaps it depends which leg you’re talking about

Some took to the Twitter and other spheres to reassure one another that the Pirate Bay hadn’t been seized or shut down, but was simply being DDoS'd.

However, others were concerned that the most likely candidates for the attack were Anonymous, which had been chided by Pirate Bay last week for an attack on Virgin Media, after the ISP cut off access to…The Pirate Bay.

For its part, Anonymous declared via Twitter that it had no idea who was mounting the attack, but it sure wasn't Anonymous. Which at least removes the possibility of The Pirate Bay reinventing itself as a safe haven to the Church of Scientology.

As Torrent Freak notes, whoever is bombarding the site is having more success shutting it down that any of the government or media industry efforts in recent years. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.