Extreme right-wing hate site Daily Stormer is being booted by registrar GoDaddy.
GoDaddy responded to various tweets over the weekend stating that they had given the website operators 24 hours to find a new domain name registrar:
We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service.
— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) August 14, 2017
It’s not 100% clear if the site itself was being hosted by GoDaddy, as it relies on Cloudflare for DNS and CDN, which also masks the site’s location. So far CloudFlare have not taken any action. According to the current whois output for the domain name it’s in the process of being transferred to another registrar:
Domain Name: DAILYSTORMER.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1787753602_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2017-08-14T05:30:21Z
Creation Date: 2013-03-20T22:43:18Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2019-03-20T22:43:18Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: 480-624-2505
Domain Status: pendingTransfer https://icann.org/epp#pendingTransfer
Name Server: JEAN.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Name Server: KIRK.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
While the site has always attracted controversy, it was a recent post about the death of Heather Heyer over the weekend that outraged many internet users:
(I’m not linking to the site intentionally – you can easily find it if you want to read the article or any of the other content they’ve posted.)
While the site is in search of a new host / registrar it has also allegedly come under attack by hacktivists “Anonymous” who allegedly have managed to gain access to at least part of the site’s content management system, if not the server in its entirety.
However the “attack” is a little odd, as the offending article, along with all the other offensive content has not been removed or modified. At least one Twitter account linked to Anonymous is claiming that the hack is a “false flag” from the website’s operator:
Please Retweet The Following:
DAILY STORMER HACK IS A FALSE FLAG OP BY OWNER ANDREW ANGLIN TO IMPLICATE ANONYMOUS IN HIS WEBSITE'S SHUTDOWN
— TheAnonJournal (@TheAnonJournal) August 14, 2017
The website is one of many run by the extreme right that were involved in this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.