Last week, the imageboard site 8chan.co was brought offline for a sustained period of over five days due to a prolonged DDoS attack. On Monday, it returned only to go back offline for a much different reason: Its domain had been seized.
Site founder Fredrick Brennan posted an e-mail on Monday that he says came from the site's Bahamas-based registar, Internet.bs. The note explained that the domain 8chan.co had been put "on hold" due to "child abuse" content appearing on the site.
This followed a swell of complaint e-mails sent over the weekend to Cloudflare, the "pass-through" hosting company that had been operating 8chan's servers. Some Cloudfare users were upset over content posted on 8chan by its imageboard users. "Please take appropriate measures to stop your customer from abusing your services and enabling illegal content," one complainant wrote after posting links to 11 8chan boards that contained underage "girls and boys shown in sexual poses."