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Internet archive affected by a serious DDoS attack, services were disrupted

The California-based nonprofit The Internet Archive faced a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that began on May 26. According to the organization’s May 28 blog post, attacks have resumed and have been “sporadic” in nature. “Since the attacks began on Sunday, the DDoS intrusion has generated thousands of fraudulent information requests per second.” The source of the attack is unknown,” the statement said.

After initial updates on the attacks, on Monday evening the organization’s However, on May 28, the nonprofit said service disruptions had resumed.

According to the blog post, the attack also impacted access to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, a tool that “preserves the history of over 866 billion web pages.” Brewster Kahle, the site’s founder and digital librarian, was quoted as saying the collections were safe.

“Thanks to the support of others and the hard work of staff, we are strengthening our security to provide more reliable access to our library. “What is new is that this attack was sustained, effective, targeted, adaptive and, importantly, vile,” Kahle said.

Why is it important?

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in San Francisco, the Internet Archive is a renowned nonprofit digital library that archives books, websites, software, music, films, and other cultural artifacts for “universal access to all knowledge.”

While alternative archival sites exist, many are based outside the United States. For decades, Kahle advocated for “universal access to all knowledge.” Although there is no conclusive evidence, Kahle claims that the publishing and recording industry is trying to “completely destroy this library and disable all libraries around the world.”

Legal problem

In addition to DDoS attacks, the archive site has also been the subject of lawsuits in recent years. In 2020, a lawsuit filed by Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House accused The Internet Archive of “massive copyright infringement,” claiming it lent digital copies of books without compensation or permission.

In 2023, a similar copyright complaint surfaced, but this time from music and recording industry giants Sony and Universal Music, who alleged that the organization operated as an “illegal record store” with songs by several musicians, ultimately uploading over 4,000 cases of sound recordings, copyright infringement.

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