Internet forum Kiwi Farms was working on Monday to get back online after a breach by hackers, in the wake of being blocked by Internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare because of potentially dangerous rhetoric.
The online forum, which is known as a hub for conducting harassment campaigns specifically targeting women or people in the LGBTQ community, announced the breach in a blog post, requiring users to use their passwords and email addresses. The theft was reported.
“The forum was hacked,” Kiwi Farms said in a post updated on Monday.
“I need to reformat everything and reinstall. I need to fully evaluate my security from top to bottom.”
Cloudflare had protected Kiwi Farms from hacks such as those that breached its systems, the online forum told users in its post.
Cloudflare chief executive Matthew Prince said earlier this month that the company had blocked Kiwi Farms’ content from being accessed through its infrastructure, which provides web hosting services, including cybersecurity.
“Given Cloudflare’s role as an Internet infrastructure provider, this is an extraordinary decision for us, a dangerous one that we are not comfortable with,” Prince said in an online message.
“However, the rhetorical and specific, targeted threats on the Kiwifarms site have increased in the past 48 hours to such an extent that we believe there is an unprecedented emergency and immediate threat to human life, as we have previously reported to Kiwifarms or any other customer. have seen. …”
Earlier this month, DDoS-Guard became the second provider to drop support for Kiwi Farms after it announced that it had terminated services for the platform. DDoS-Guard said it had received several complaints claiming that the forum’s content violated its Acceptable Use Policy, and analyzed the content before eliminating DDoS protection for the website, including according to the provider. .ru was the domain.