MyAnimeList, according to their Twitter has been down since 5:37 PM (UK Time).
They say it’s because their site is under a strong DDOS attack.
We have been experiencing a strong DDoS attack and unfortunately it continues. Our tech team is working to restore the website as rapidly as possible. You may experience a few successful page loads followed by maintenance messages or errors until the situation has stabilized.
— MyAnimeList (@myanimelist) February 18, 2020
Ironically – I’ve noticed ALL DAY on February 18th I couldn’t access MyAnimeList.
Even now when I try to use the site, It fails to load.
And website service checkers report the same thing.
Misty Chronexia’s “tongue in cheek” comment points to Nux Taku
— Misty/ “Lickey-Lickey Boom-Boom” Chronexia🍥 (@Chronexia) February 18, 2020
It’s not just anime YouTuber: Misty Chronexia who believes it
Question: Can Nux be sued for this?
Like, idk for some weird reason like promoting DDoS attacks and malicious activity on MAL without criminal intent or something.
— Sentilusional (@Sentilusional) February 18, 2020
Damn it Nux’s fanbase!
— Thorf (@Thorf98) February 18, 2020
Hopefully this incident is separate from the one with Interspecies Reviewers. If not, and this is a retaliation, it would really be a childish and rude act. Yeah, it’s all fun and games to try to get a series you like to #1. It’s a completely other matter to hack the site
— Hitori Samishiku (@SamishikuHitori) February 18, 2020
Is this because of that nux guy and his followers? Just looked up for his video and he sounds super salty about MAL. I still can’t understand the appeal of these anime youtubers, why are so many people interested in listening to the opinion of some random guy.
— Rin (@Conrart_fan) February 18, 2020
But some people at least know that’s NOT true
It’s kinda funny that so many people here are so upset over the recent incident, they they actually think it’s “nux’s retaliation” or something 😂
— Miki Naz (@mikinazz) February 18, 2020
But there’s always gotta be that “one” fan who says something daft like this
This wouldn’t have happened if you just left Ishozoku Reviews alone. @_Hero_Hei_ was right about you.
— Not Telling You (@LordKaizen) February 18, 2020
A voice of reason from MAL’S team
Nope! Everything is safe. Our servers are just being flooded with requests right now from a malicious individual, which makes it difficult for all of us to connect.
— Kineta (@AlliKina) February 18, 2020
As we can see – people are blowing this out of proportion.
People don’t realize how often websites are attacked on a DAILY basis.
In fact – as we speak, Anime Motivation is being attacked almost every second in one way or another. Just not at the level of a DDOS attack.
So imagine what a website like MAL is experiencing right now because of the DDOS attack.
Taking a website down for 8+ hours is the damage it causes
Hey, any update? It’s been 8 hours now!
— Tsu_long (@gorgon_is) February 19, 2020
It seems anime websites in the west like:
- Anime News Network
- And now MyAnimeList
Have all been targets of some sort of attack at some point in their history.
Whatever the motivation – it’s clear someone has a personal issue that can’t be explained.
News source: Twitter.