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    The Internet Archive faces sustained Distributed Denial-Of-Service Attacks

    California-based nonprofit The Internet Archive faced a sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack starting May 26. According to a blog post by the organization dated May 28, the attacks had resumed and were “intermittent”. “Since the attacks began on Sunday, the DDoS intrusion has been launching thousands of fake information requests per second.” The source of the attack is unknown,” the statement noted.

    After the initial update on the attacks, the organization’s X handle informed users on Monday evening that there had been “some back and forth with the attackers,” but the site was up and running. However, on May 28, the nonprofit stated that service disruptions had resumed.

    As per the blog post, access to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, a tool that “preserves the history of more than 866 billion web pages”, had also been affected. Brewster Kahle, founder and Digital Librarian of the website, was quoted saying that the collections were safe.

    “With the support from others and the hard work of staff, we are hardening our defenses to provide more reliable access to our library. What is new is this attack has been sustained, impactful, targeted, adaptive, and importantly, mean, “Kahle said.

    Why it Matters

    The Internet Archive, founded in 1996 and based in San Francisco, is a renowned non-profit digital library that archives books, websites, software, music, videos, and other cultural artifacts with the goal of “universal access to all knowledge.”

    While alternative archive sites exist, many are based outside the US. Kahle advocated for “universal access to all knowledge” for decades. While no conclusive proof exists, Kahle claims that the publishing and recording industries are trying to “destroy this library entirely and hobble all libraries everywhere.”

    Legal Trouble

    Apart from the DDoS attacks, the archive site has also faced lawsuits in recent years. In 2020, a lawsuit from Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House accused The Internet Archive of “mass copyright infringement”, alleging it had loaned digital copies of books without either compensation or permission.

    In 2023, a similar copyright plaint emerged, but this time from music and recording industry giants Sony and Universal Music, who alleged that the organization acted as an “illegal record store” for songs by several musicians, eventually submitting over 4000 instances of sound recording copyright infringement.

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