Bitcoin.org site hit with a massive DDoS attack reports the pseudonymous owner

The website bitcoin.org aiming to support the development of Bitcoin has reportedly been hit with a DDoS attack.

Bitcoin.org site hit with a massive DDoS attack reports the pseudonymous owner

The pseudonymous owner and developer of the website, Cøbra said on Twitter that the website had been hit with an absolutely massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack along with a ransom demand for an undisclosed amount of BTC. The website is now accessible, however.

“Back in the day you could put up a reasonable fight against most DDoS attacks,” said Cøbra. “Now they just down you at will. There is no ‘fight’ anymore, you go down and stay down until they leave you alone.”

While DDoS attacks have previously targeted major crypto exchanges, it seems somewhat unusual for attackers to go after a site like Bitcoin.org, which holds no information about funds or users, only open-source information on the Bitcoin blockchain and the cryptocurrency. 

The website was the target of a similar DDoS attack in December 2020, which resulted in users being unable to access the Bitcoin Core software for a few hours. 

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Bitcoin.org has also been the target of legal threats from Craig Wright, the person who claims to be the creator of Bitcoin. Last week, a U.K. court ruled in favor of Wright claiming copyright infringement against Bitcoin.org for hosting the Bitcoin white paper — Cøbra did not mount a defense to the lawsuit. 

"I didn’t show up because defending against nonsense is a waste of time,” the Bitcoin.org owner said at the time.

Following the court ruling, Bitcoin.org blocked access to download the Bitcoin Core software for any user with a U.K.-based IP address. The project has also removed any links to the Bitcoin white paper. 

Within the crypto industry, major DDoS attacks targeted Binance, OKEx, and Bitfinex last year. At the time, CEO Changpeng Zhao claimed that the attack on Binance was undertaken by its competitors in an attempt to harm its reputation rather than for financial reasons. 

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