Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer resurfaces, only to be taken down again

25 Aug 2017

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White supremacist site The Daily Stormer reappears, but it doesn’t stick around for long.

The current furore around web hosting, free speech and enabling neo-Nazi views shows no sign of slowing down.

On 14 August, web-hosting site GoDaddy booted The Daily Stormer off its platform following the publication of a heinous article about the late counter-protester, Heather Heyer. Heyer was killed at a counter-protest against white supremacist groups that had gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

The Verge yesterday reported (24 August) that the site was briefly reinstated on DreamHost, only to vanish again following an extended distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack just minutes afterwards.

Before DreamHost accepted the site, The Daily Stormer had been technically homeless, having to rely largely on the dark web, TechCrunch reported.

The DreamHost DNS infrastructure experienced almost two hours of downtime, with countless sites affected as well as the far-right propaganda page.

In a blog post, DreamHost insisted that the DDoS was unrelated to its troubles with the US Department of Justice, following a Washington DC court hearing earlier in the week concerning data from anti-Trump protesters.

The site was using the address, but it remains down, at the time of publishing. DreamHost managed to restore all services following the DDoS takedown.

For this site, the future remains unclear, as it has been dropped by admins at Cloudflare, SendGrid, Namecheap and Google, in the wake of the events in Charlottesville.

Ellen Tannam was a journalist with Silicon Republic, covering all manner of business and tech subjects