4Chan has been brought down by Lizard Stresser through a DDoS attack and still offline. Tweets from Lizard Squad indicate that the someone has rented the Lizard Squad’s rent-a-tool for DDoS to attack 4Chan website.
Someone is hitting 4chan with our booter, loling irlLizard Squad allegedly used a 1200 GB/s DDoS attack against PSN and XBL networks and is offering double the size of attacks on rent. At present details are sketchy and it is not known who has rented the Lizard Stresser to bring down the 4Chan website.
— R.I.U. Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) January 3, 2015
Apparently Lizard Stresser was taken offline two days ago after somebody doxed the userids on the server. The website hosting Lizard Stresser now serves a different login page
The Lizard Stresser offers individuals a way to take down IP addresses without having to know anything about hacking or DDoS attacks and is available in multiple subscription packages which range from $5.99 / €4.93 for a 100-second attack to $129.99 / €107 for an eight and a half hour long denial of service incident. The Lizard Squad also offers lifetime packs, prices for which can go upto $500 / €411. The lifetime packs are valid for five years as per Lizard Stresser website.
For the time being, the 4Chan website is inaccessible and will stay this way probably until the attack ends or 4Chan admin devise some method to manage to protect themselves against it. Considering that Lizard Squad brought down the networks of bigger and better Sony and Microsoft, 4Chan admin have a hard task cut out for them.
There is also a outside chance that the 4Chan may be really down for maintenance, but that is difficult to imagine as Lizard Squad are known to be vocal about their exploits. There were reports of 4Chan admins announcing a while ago that there will be some downtime due to server maintenance, so it might come back online very soon.
We will be updating the story as soon as we get any feedback/confirmation from either Lizard Squad or 4Chan.
Update : 4Chan is online now but some users are still not able to view it
@moot thanks for making 4chan. Now please fix it.
— John Mullins (@Goldnuke) January 3, 2015
Lizard Squad has also deleted the above tweet about renting the Lizard Stresser just moments ago and the 4Chan website home is still showing some broken images.
Update #2 : 4Chan.org is down again since past one hour or so.
@moot what gives man? Bring back the chan right naooooooo
— Martin Robert (@martinnrobert1) January 3, 2015