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Sustained DDOS Attacks on MangaUpdates
All,

MangaUpdates has been battling sustained distributed denial of service attacks. We first became aware of the attacks within the last week and have been battling them since. While we will attempt to keep the site up as much as we can, you may experience delays or site outages as a result.

The attack is being orchestrated by about 200k IPs. They appear to be coming from common locations such as AT&T and Globe Telecom source endpoints. The attacks themselves are not sophisticated, but the attacker is actively changing their tactics as we respond. I'm not sure who would be that motivated, but people are weird.

If your IP was banned, please send us an email or PM and we will unban your IP.

Thank you,

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Posted by Manick on January 23rd 3:55am Comments ( 25 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» Porotan on January 22nd, 2018, 9:04pm

good luck, hopefully it ends soon

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» calstine on January 22nd, 2018, 10:34pm

Good luck with your anti-hacking efforts, and no worries about any inconveniences!

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» Transdude1996 on January 22nd, 2018, 10:35pm

That explains why the site hasn't been off and on when accessing it from my phone. Thanks.

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» eirini_kl on January 23rd, 2018, 12:35am

Don't people have better things to do than hack other sites? Thanks for your efforts, if there's anything us simple members can do be sure to let us know.

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» Nekore on January 23rd, 2018, 6:03am

Considering MAL and other pages attacks account info is always a not entirely pointless reason (for them) to attack.

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» Baalzebup on January 23rd, 2018, 8:01am

You shouldn't confuse DDOS attacks and hacking. Generally speaking, they have very little in common.

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» HikaruYami on January 23rd, 2018, 8:57am

To be fair, Baalzebup, in the glory days of insecure internet, ddos's were the best way to expose insecure interfaces in webservers for actual hacking efforts to be possible.

I think nowadays we have proper guards against these things, but it wasn't unheard of for a suddenly-downed webserver to be, say, telnet-accessible. It was kind of hilarious.

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» silver and blue on January 23rd, 2018, 7:39am

good luck guys

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» HikaruYami on January 23rd, 2018, 8:58am

This is terrible, and I'm starting to wonder if Batoto was dealing with it in their final weeks/months as well. The only recent change I'm aware of that would make a botnet manager want to target mangaupdates is that more people are migrating back here now that batoto is gone.

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» punchmanga on January 25th, 2018, 4:53pm

Batoto primarily got bot who will steal his content so he has no exclusivity because in the hour after an update the others sites are updated

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» RoxFlowz on January 23rd, 2018, 9:56am

People are weird, sometimes not in a good way. Good luck and I hope it's over soon.

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» cecropiamoth on January 23rd, 2018, 5:58pm

Don't forget a likely force behind it: the manga and anime industries in Japan. I distinctly remember reading a story about a year ago about how they'd formed an organization to "combat" what they consider enemies of their copyrights, including scanlation of their products.

I see a pattern here that started with the attacks on MangaUpdates back in September.

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» Transdude1996 on January 23rd, 2018, 7:36pm

Unless it's Kadokawa, I doubt it. There are far too many sites that host anime (9anime, Kissanime, Watchcartoononline) and manga (Mangafox, Kissmanga, Mangakakalot) for them to actually take an effective offensive against them (On top of the fact that piracy actually helps sales, if anything, and most Japanese media companies make their money through merchandising). The only people who I know of that are on the offensive for shutting things down unless it goes through their "official" channels are the clique running Fakku, Crunchyroll, Nyaa, Funimation, and 4/a/.

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» gormadoc on January 24th, 2018, 5:00pm

It's unlikely they'd worry about MangaUpdates when there are juicier targets anyway. Ruining this site simply isn't very effective when you think about all the normal aggregator sites.

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» ssgshallrule on January 23rd, 2018, 11:08pm

Odd you should mention this. At&t customer here [just started recently] and nearly everything off use is impossible to load lately... I honestly thought at&t was just blocking sites... But now I wonder if someone didn't get a botnet on at&t's DNS backbone...
I have to load this site through my cell provide..
Well food for thought.

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» Tmp341 on January 24th, 2018, 1:23pm

Good luck guys. This happening right after batoto is a little suspicious though.

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» fishiiie on January 24th, 2018, 4:21pm

This makes me very mad. Freaking hackers. Thanks admins & staff for your hard work. Keep mangaupdates safe!

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» Noburo on January 24th, 2018, 6:48pm

Good luck. The attacks have been super annoying. Why in the world would someone target a manga site?? Why not like,, 4-chan or something idk??

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» Transdude1996 on January 24th, 2018, 8:32pm

Quote from Noburo
Why not like,, 4-chan or something idk??

4chan was revealed to be a controlled site back in Fall of 2014, went in freefall from it's status and become the "edgy" counter-part to Reddit, and is now primarily used as a bitcoin mining platform via malware in the site's ads and a general dataming platform altogether.

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» installgentoo on January 25th, 2018, 10:19am

Quote from Transdude1996
4chan was revealed to be a controlled site back in Fall of 2014, went in freefall from it's status and become the "edgy" counter-part to Reddit, and is now primarily used as a bitcoin mining platform via malware in the site's ads and a general dataming platform altogether.

Controlled by whom? How is gamergate relevant to any DDOS attack on sites related to manga and anime?
Also, what if I told you that the image of the mod post is forged?

"Stop reporting shit that doesn't break rules. I'm going to start banning people in these threads that spam the report system"
People were reporting everyone who disagreed with them. It makes sense to ban these who abused the system.


Quote from MinatoAce
Thought I find Cloudflare hella annoying at times, like many other people, you should consider cloudflare and turning it on for a period, if the attack(s) sustains.

Please do not use Cloudflare. Not only do they make it difficult/impossible for users that use tor/vpn and/or have javascript disabled to access sites but they also MitM every connection to the site.
Also, relevant https://archive.lainchan.jp/sec/res/4386.html#4391

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» Transdude1996 on January 25th, 2018, 12:32pm

Quote from installgentoo
Controlled by whom?

Back then, the pleasent folks over at Gawker.
Quote from installgentoo
How is gamergate relevant to any DDOS attack on sites related to manga and anime?

It isn't, I was just answering the guy's question as to why 4chan doesn't come under attack.
Quote from installgentoo
Also, what if I told you that the image of the mod post is forged?

Yeah, it says it right there on the site: "This post would go to much wider circulation in an edited version." And right above that picture is a quote from the real post the image was making fun of with a link to an archive of said post (Citation #6).
Quote from installgentoo
People were reporting everyone who disagreed with them. It makes sense to ban these who abused the system.

It had nothing to do with disagreeing with people, it had everything to do with the article being spammed across the board. Also, it wasn't just /v/ users and GG discussion getting banned: /a/ would get bans for posting about waifus, /pol/ would get bans for saying "n****r", and /tv/ would get bans for baneposting.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
And, in more recent news, even 4/d/ began handing out bans about half a year ago for topics such as caption, CYOA, and censorship threads.

Also, did you miss the part about them firing the original mods earlier in 2014?


To bring this offtopic discussion to an end, 4chan is just a relic these days that only servers to continue pushing a "Boogieman of the internet" narrative, be used as a mining platform for any idiot who decides to even go to the site, and give immature people a place where they can act all edgy without facing much repercussion aside from getting bullied when taking that discussion elsewhere (Including other imageboards).

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» MinatoAce on January 25th, 2018, 7:26am

Thought I find Cloudflare hella annoying at times, like many other people, you should consider cloudflare and turning it on for a period, if the attack(s) sustains.

For those who are confusing DDoS with hacking, Don't. It's not basically hacking. It's more like your everyday phone service which always gives you the busy massage, because some of your neighbourhood kids keeps redialling the number and cutting it off as the ringing starts.

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» residentgrigo on January 25th, 2018, 11:10am

Eh. These things happen once a year here. Sucks for the admins but that´s the web for you.
What i can´t believe though is that a discussion nearly stared if the Japanese publishing industry itself is behind a simple DDOS attack. They could cease and desist the current version of MU for the covers alone and shut this all for good with 1 email alone. 2 rival sites would rise though... US license holders would also need to do that, as this is a US site, and no domestic distributor could be bothered to start that mud battle. Even the Disney controlled Marvel isn´t interested in shutting down one of the many read/download comics platforms.
A random anon did this. Case closed.

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» punchmanga on January 25th, 2018, 4:55pm

Thanks for your efforts, I like this site a lot.

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» butako chan on January 29th, 2018, 4:07pm

Thanks for your effort in maintaining this site!

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