Anonymous says CloudFlare is helping ISIS mask their websites behind CloudFlare IPs
Since ISIS carried out gruesome Paris terrorist attacks, the online hacktivists group, Anonymous has announced total war on ISIS cyber outposts and is attacking ISIS online presence left right and center. However, one of the problems in bringing down ISIS radical propaganda websites is that they hide behind the CloudFlare IPs which makes it impossible for the Anonymous to carry out their DDoS attacks and bring them down.
CloudFlare is a service that helps websites stay online in the face of overwhelming traffic. It acts as an intermediary or filter and is a vital protection against DDoS attacks wherein the attacker sends huge amounts of unwanted traffic to a website to throttle it and take it down. Due to this reason, Anonymous alleges it cant bring down certain IS websites. Anonymous member have openly accused CloudFlare of protecting ISIS run propaganda website despite their terror affiliations.
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 16, 2015
— Erin Catney (@eocatney) November 17, 2015
However CloudFlare says it is not helping ISIS to cover up their websites. CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince has now hit back at his detractors, suggesting that Anonymous is being hypocritical, given that many of its members apparently use the service.
“I did see a Twitter handle said that they were mad at us,” he told The Register. “I’d suggest this was armchair analysis by kids — it’s hard to take seriously. Anonymous uses us for some of its sites, despite pressure from some quarters for us to take Anonymous sites offline.” He added that, “Even if we were hosting sites for ISIS, it wouldn’t be of any use to us … I should imagine those kinds of people pay with stolen credit cards and so that’s a negative for us.”
He said that CloudFlare is willing to stop protecting websites if approached through the proper US legal channels, though “more often than not, investigators want him to keep sites up rather than take them down.”
In a separate interview with International Business Times, the CEO elaborated on this. “Individuals have decided that there is content they disagree with but the right way to deal with this is to follow the established law enforcement procedures. There is no society on Earth that tolerates mob rule because the mob is fickle.”