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New York Magazine Goes Offline – Attacker Hates New York City

New York Magazine Goes Offline – Attacker Hates New York City

by P. H. MadoreJuly 28, 2015

New York Magazine was the victim of a DDoS attack just as it intended to publish the stories of 35 women who have come forward accusing Bill Cosby of sex crimes. The attack was originally announced via a Twitter account that is no longer active, Vikingdom2016.

The apparent lone-wolf hacker called himself ThreatKing. He spoke to the Daily Dot via Skype and explained that the attack had nothing to do with Bill Cosby. Rather, the attack was in response to a recent trip to most populous city in America. He said that he didn’t like the people of New York, and that he’d seen a lot of “pranks gone wrong” there.

But the attacker expressed some political motives as well. According to Newsweek, the following message was previously posted, in audio format, on Vikingdom2016’s Soundcloud page:

We are going to destroy state websites, city websites, agency websites and court websites of the United States. You have took away our country and it’s time to get it back by destroying the United States.

The attack on New York Magazine did no lasting damage, and within 12 hours the website was back to normal functioning, in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Does the message posted to Soundcloud indicate that more serious attacks are on the way from ThreatKing? Share above and comment below.

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