As of Monday, 8chan was down due to a complete disconnection of its host Epik’s services from the netblock it leased from its upstream provider, Voxility. The disconnection took notorious white nationalist site The Daily Stormer—and any other Epik customers hosted at Voxility—down with it.
Today, 8chan and The Daily Stormer are both back up.
We first discovered that 8chan was back online after testing its deep Web site, using the Tor browser. The site appeared to be offline entirely, and there’s little in the way of diagnostic tools available for the Tor network—but after leaving a window open and unresponsive for over 12 minutes, the site loaded. Hovering over links within the .onion site showed they were targeted to a deep-Web 8chan subdomain—and to our surprise, those links loaded. This led us to re-examine both the site’s DNS and overall hosting status.
Yesterday, Epik formally announced that it has “elected to not provide content delivery services to 8Chan. This is largely due to the concern of inadequate enforcement and the elevated possibility of violent radicalization on the platform.” The devil is in the details, however—although it’s true that Epik no longer appears to be involved in hosting for 8chan, it has brought the controversial site’s DNS services in-house to Epik’s own nameservers—which themselves are hosted at Amazon Web Services, Linode, and OVH.
Ars has reached out to Amazon, Linode, and Voxility for comment. As of press time, we have no response from Amazon or Linode yet; Voxility’s CEO responded, “I am looking into this now, Voxility shouldnt be involved in this.” We will update with any further response as this story develops.
Update: Voxility’s CEO further responds:
The IPs these websites are using have no link with Voxility whatsoever. I think… the IPs are owned by the hoster and now are routed by someone else. We double checked.Silviu Sirbu, Voxility CEO