[ISN] Defacement archives inaccessible

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Date: Wed Sep 04 2002 - 22:41:58 PDT

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    September 5 2002
    The well-known Web page defacement archive, alldas.de, appears to have
    disappeared from the Net altogether. Attempts to access the site over
    the past week have met with no success.
    None of the better-known news sites on the Net have carried any report
    on the apparent demise of one of the Web's most valuable archives.
    Last September, there was a concerted distributed denial of service
    attack against safemode.org which hosted a mirror of the defacement
    archives. The attackers sent out a DDoS, spoofing safemode's IP and
    the Web sites which took the brunt of the attack complained to the ISP
    which was hosting safemode.
    As a result, the site was dropped by its ISP. The attack came at about
    the same time as one on alldas which resulted in that site becoming
    In January this year, safemode stopped mirroring the defacement
    Reporting on the incidents at the time, The Register, a UK-based IT
    news site, speculated that there appeared to be a coordinated attempt
    to force the defacement archives to be taken off the net - for
    whatever reasons.
    Reasoning that it seemed unlikely that script kiddies would want their
    handiwork - images of defaced sites - to be taken off the Net, The
    Register speculated that it made more sense to conclude that
    government and big business would prefer that the archives went
    Attrition.org, another site which hosted a mirror of defaced Web
    pages, stopped doing so in May last year because it was finding it
    difficult to keep up with the pace of defacement.
    ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org
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