At an interfaith vigil for victims of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, a woman carries a candle and a photo of Elsa Mendoza Marquez, who died in the shooting.

Enlarge / At an interfaith vigil for victims of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which killed 21 people. The suspected terrorist gunman had posted to the website 8chan shortly before the tragedy, prompting Web companies to cut 8chan off. (credit: Getty Images | Mario Tama )

8chan was able to get back online today despite Cloudflare cutting it off, as operators of the controversial website quickly found a new provider of CDN and DDoS protection services. But as of this writing, 8chan is offline again, apparently as a result of a cloud provider cutting off 8chan's new vendor.

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced his decision to boot 8chan yesterday, noting that a suspected terrorist gunman apparently "posted a screed to [8chan] immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people." In the past, 8chan was used similarly by perpetrators of attacks at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand and a synagogue in Poway, California. "8chan has repeatedly proven itself to be a cesspool of hate," Prince wrote.

But Prince noted that 8chan would likely find a new provider and get itself back online—and as predicted, 8chan quickly switched its website over to a provider called BitMitigate, the same company that began serving the Daily Stormer after Cloudflare cut it off.

Read 12 remaining paragraphs | Comments