NEW YORK (AP) – A Russian-based provider cut web protection services at Kiwi Farms on Monday, becoming the second provider in two days to abandon the infamous stalking and harassment site and leave it inaccessible on the public internet.
DDoS-Guard said it does not have to decide whether sites violate the laws and normally restricts access to a site only in cases such as receiving a court order. The company said it took action this time, however, after receiving “multiple” complaints.
“After analyzing the site content, we have decided to discontinue DDoS protection services” for a version of the Kiwi Farms site with a Russian .ru domain name, the company said. The .ru site, registered in mid-July, was running intermittently after Cloudfare shut down services on Saturday.
The site, created and maintained by Joshua Conner Moon, 29, has been a rallying point for the vicious harassment and doxxing of transgender people, feminists, and people of color.
The offline killing of Kiwi Farms – both vendors protect websites from distributed denial-of-service attacks and others – followed a fierce outrage campaign led by Canadian Twitch transgender streamer Clara Sorrenti.
Cloudfare CEO Matthew Prince said in a blog post on Saturday that he was troubled by the free speech implications of the actual removal of Kiwi Farms hosting, a turnaround after he defended his decision earlier this week. don’t free the forum. But he said the escalation of targeted threats at the site created an “immediate threat to human life” of a scale that his company had never seen.
The Californian company has helped protect far-right sites in the past, although it abandoned the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer as a customer in 2017 after a protester was killed by a marauding motorist at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2019, it did the same with the 8chan troll forum after posting a racist message on its pages from the man who killed 23 people at El Paso Walmart.
Sorrenti, who goes online as “Keffals,” launched her campaign in August, but last month relentless doxxing and other harassment forced her to flee her home in Canada. However, her online stalkers did not give up and tracked her down to Northern Ireland, escalating the harassment.
On Monday, Sorrenti tweeted that he would have a final update on the campaign against Kiwi Farms.
“We won,” he said.
It wasn’t clear if Kiwi Farms would find a new home or if its users could start meeting on a new forum.
Posting to Telegram on Monday, Moon said the site would not be active for at least a week while dealing with a family emergency. She said the prospects for the site were dim, although Cloudflare had given him a way to register his .net domain elsewhere.
Moon said the IP addresses he checks, however, are in danger of being revoked from Australia. They would allow him to host on his own, but he would still need internet connectivity and protection from DDoS attacks.
“I don’t see a situation in which Kiwi Farms can simply operate,” Moon wrote. “He will become a fractured shell of himself, like 8chan, or jump between hosts and domain names like Daily Stormer.”
Moon provided an address on the dark web, reachable via the Tor browser. However, one site was down. A message said it had been disconnected.