September 25 2017

Neo-nazi website Daily Stormer briefly resurfaces with Russian domain

September 25 2017, 02:53 | Geraldine Moore

Above Go Daddy Homepage

Above Go Daddy Homepage

Few may pity the Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi website hounded out of the internet domain registries of GoDaddy and Google after its vicious rhetorical attack on the woman killed in the recent alt-right violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 other people injured when a man rammed his vehicle into a group of people objecting to a far-right march in Charlottesville on August 12.

Google moved swiftly to block neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer from the internet, deleting it within three hours of its registration.

Google briefly became the registrar for the site, before it too canceled the site's registration later on Monday for violating its terms of service.

A GoDaddy spokesperson added that they are canceling the service since their article could incite others to similar violence, an act they consider a violation of their terms and conditions.

The site was kicked off its normal domain as well as the more traditional ways of accessing the internet when a run of technology companies refused to support it any more.

This weekend's violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. have reignited calls for some tech giants to take a harder stance against extremist content, including Facebook Inc.

People commenting on the Daily Stormer site also found the situation amusing, noting that the supposed hackers had said they had located Anglin and would be "sending our allies in Lagos to pay him a visit in person".

After GoDaddy and Google pulled their web hosting services for Daily Stormer, Cloudflare took a neutral position, arguing it wanted nothing to do with policing people's content. Despite apparent setbacks and claims the site was under the control of the hacking group, collective Anonymous, the "Daily Stormer" is still online and still posting content, showing that removing them altogether could be a trickier task than earlier anticipated. Later in the day, though, the site was no longer accessible at that address. GoDaddy and Google both provided domain name services, but didn't host the web content itself.

An Ohio native launched the The Daily Stormer in 2013, naming the site after Der Stürmer, a Nazi propaganda tabloid founded in the 1923.

Now it appears that its system administrator Andrew Auernheimer, also known as "Weev", is recruiting fellow neo-Nazis to flock to Heyer's funeral. Visitors to the and momentarily see a page from Cloudflare saying that the company is "checking your browser" before being forwarded on to their sites. Whois records show only that the new site is being served through CloudFlare, a content delivery network that has drawn criticism for providing services to the site in the past.

The post in the name of Anonymous claims that the website will be shut down within 24 hours, but this was nearly inevitable considering GoDaddy " s withdrawal of support.

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