The Bitcoin Forum At Bitcointalk.org Is Currently Offline Due to DOS

By
Caleb Chen @bitxbitxbitcoin
November 14, 2014

Bitcointalk.org, the Bitcoin Forum, is currently offline with the official explanation being a DOS attack. In the past, Bitcointalk.org has faced hacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, and DDOS. According to isitdownrightnow, a service that tells you the status of websites worldwide, bitcointalk.org has been down since at least 17:00 PT. This is corroborated by the first reports on twitter of the bitcointalk.org outage:

In the meantime, users can use Bitcointa.lk, which stores all of the Bitcointalk.org messages and has an additional list of features, as well.

Bitcointalk confirms the DOS:

Also read: Great Firewall of China Blocks Bitcointalk.org

Bitcointalk.org: The Bitcoin Forum

The Bitcoin community has thrived and grown on Bitcointalk for several years now, and it is still a large resource even for the niche portions of the cryptocurrency community that have sworn off Bitcoin entirely. Other Cryptocurrency and/or Bitcoin dedicated forum websites remain online; however, if the Bitcointalk.org outage is permanent, the Bitcoin community will feel the hole left.

It seems even bitcointalk.org forum moderator Theymos is caught unawares by this Bitcointalk outage, as he was just on Reddit linking to the forum three hours ago. Many in the community are still eager to see new forum software that is currently being developed at the hefty pricetag of $100,000 a month, paid to a company called Slickage. The rest of the BTC donated to the Bitcoin Forum is still in the care of several “Treasurers,” trusted individuals within the Bitcoin community. Theymos posted:

The forum’s bitcoins are currently held by the following people.

Person Amount    Fee (monthly)    Next fee payment    Address
paraipan 250 0.208 2014-04-19 1PFkqgBBrSKikyyUGDerZMfzvCNPgKrR3o
Ian Knowles (CIYAM Open) 50 0 1BuANiueZAiNashSCfGV5Gmj9P8ReG1D8N
Rassah 750 0 1HQ8WaKVRYXLBtVdMcYr5SHQ3X9BsLyxa1
OgNasty 500 0.5 2014-11-22 1Eog8UqRFLufC71rBLt2nYgfUDskgxAyVF
theymos ~4000 0 1M4yNbSCwSMFLF9BaLqzoo2to1WHtZrPke, et al.

Contracts
https://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=33E6kJ46
https://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=QKC7JWNJ
https://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=sw7X4JK6
https://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=XGyJFddU
https://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=t9h2pL2y
https://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=jkw3U4FU
https://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=xfXYUHU3

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