The Bitcointalk forum is currently offline, and the reason has been posted on its official Twitter account.
@bitcointalk tweeted that the website – the world’s largest Bitcoin forum – is experiencing a denial of service attack.
There is a DoS attack.
— BitcoinTalk (@bitcointalk) April 2, 2015
A number of people responded to the tweet, including one Brandon Holder, who suggested the forum use its fund of donated bitcoins to protect the website against DoS attacks:
@bitcointalk Do you guys use any sort of protection against these attacks? If not, then I think now is a good time to start. Use that money!
— Brandan Holder (@Droganan) April 2, 2015
Another person joked about the fact that the forum blocks users from uploading avatars due to security concerns:
@bitcointalk someone has also attacked the avatar functionality. hehe
— Greg Matthews (@realmicroguy) April 2, 2015
Other people took the opportunity to thank the administrators for their efforts:
@bitcointalk good luck. And thanks for all the work that you put into this amazing site!
— Dr A Koin (@DrKoin) April 2, 2015
The downtime tracking service Is It Down Right Now reports that bitcointalk.org went offline at some point between 18:38-20:38 (UTC/GMT -7).
It is unknown who is behind the attacks, or when they will end. Also, it is unclear what the forum is doing to mitigate the attack at this point.
This is not the first time that the forum has experienced downtime. The forum has also fallen victim to a number of DDoS attacks, hacks, and other unexpected events in the past. Two months ago, the servers hosting Bitcointalk experienced a disk failure, making it impossible to in the meantime.
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