Tumblr and 4chan war results in both going offline

Today was the date 4chan had set to take down popular blogging website Tumblr, although earlier today 4chan itself went down as reported by Techcrunch.

For days now, the tension has been rising and today 4chan were set on launching a denial of service attack against Tumblr. An angry 4chan user posted that Tumblr were stealing memes from 4chan without giving credit which was the reason for the declaration of war.

4chan, famously known for their “raids” on websites and organizations including most recently the RIAA and MPAA planned a three stage attack, which they named “Operation Overload” against the website although it seems they may have resulted in a deadlock. Earlier today 4chan went down, which was most likely the result of a counterattack from Tumblr who amusingly named their counterattack “Overkitten” but after a few hours it seems Tumblr also went down. Users from Tumblr were tweeting and blogging about the attack all week, some were sceptical whether it would happen.

David Karp, founder of Tumblr said “As always, we’re aggressively suspending any accounts encouraging DoS attacks or other illegal behavior.”

Images were released by /b/ that laid out the three stages of the attack, including a URL to download the DDOS program, also called the Low Orbit Internet Cannon (LOIC). Tumblr later released a counter image which was aimed at provoking 4chan even more with quotes such as “U MAD 4CHAN?”

The question is, will we see this happen again? Will there be a revenge attack? Watch this space.

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Riggers said,
I had to look up what "memes" where, does that mean i /fail

Yes lol. Anybody that's a member of a forum is expected to know what a meme is. You'll be seeing thousands of them.

Behold the wrath of the angry nerd. Is it not a spectacular sight? Next week tune in as we explore the eating habits of the "script kiddie". Rated "M" for mature audiences only.

Werid I dont get it what are 4chan and the other site all i know is there somekind of image boards so are the accually some kind of hacking sites sounds nuts?

Sylar2010 said,
Werid I dont get it what are 4chan and the other site all i know is there somekind of image boards so are the accually some kind of hacking sites sounds nuts?

The image boards are a form of communication. Actual numbers are unknown, but I think their usage is comparable to Facebook.

Users get together via propaganda on various boards on the site, mainly /b/ (Random section), and coordinate by tapping the hive with a compelling message. Sometimes it's a stupid message (ie. this "meme war"), but sometimes it is also a righteous one (ie. the attack on the RIAA for hiring other companies to do the same to them).

Neoauld said,
Hasnt 4chan done a little good here and there? Werent they the ones that hacked the anti-piracy company?

All that did was **** off the anti-piracy companies more.

Neoauld said,
Hasnt 4chan done a little good here and there? Werent they the ones that hacked the anti-piracy company?
It's still illegal.

Neoauld said,
Hasnt 4chan done a little good here and there? Werent they the ones that hacked the anti-piracy company?

And outed the girl that threw puppies into a river, and the lady that threw a cat in the trash.

Epic0range said,
And outed the girl that threw puppies into a river, and the lady that threw a cat in the trash.

Anonymous in the whole is, in all effectiveness, an animal rights group.

Epic0range said,

And outed the girl that threw puppies into a river, and the lady that threw a cat in the trash.

Oh man that's sick. I'll never understand behavior like that.

rheostat said,

'Cause legality is morality, right?

Hacking organizations is hardly morally defensible. You may think it's right, but it's hardly morally right.

rheostat said,
'Cause legality is morality, right?
Who cares about a criminal justice system when you can have people taking the law into their own hands! What a great idea!

Even though 4chan shows the world just how evil the world can be, I must admit they have sparks of brilliance scattered throughout the site. There isn't just 'script kiddies' that lurk there.

Skyfrog said,
If 4chan would go offline and never return the world would be a better place.

No, the remnants of 4chan would scatter for a period or 2-3 days, and then regroup at full power.

"An angry 4chan user posted that Tumblr were stealing memes from 4chan without giving credit which was the reason for the declare war."

Read only we can steal someone elses work and post it without giving credit where it is due. So much for information freedom

NinjaGinger said,
As long as they attack each other, they leave the well deserving alone. Nice waste of time.

Sadly they'll still be alive after the attacks so no idiots wiping out other idiots in timely epic fashion.

neufuse said,
4chan? I've moved on to 5chan..... wait people care about these places still?

Nope, nobody gives a crap about them, they never did. They're all a bunch of losers that do nothing but cause disruption and grief. They need to find better things to do with their time like mow my lawn for one.

It's kind of funny. "We aren't getting the credit we need, so we will DDoS them into the ground. but wait...they will return fire"

haha.

De.Bug said,
Just like the attacks in Operation Payback, the targets usually went down hours before schedule.
According to Techcrunch, Tumblr struck first, so they may have been forced to launch the attack early as retaliation.