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

Anonymous says 'not us, dude'


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. ®

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