For the second time this week, Pastebin.com on Thursday found itself hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The site was previously taken offline for a portion of the day on Tuesday, though no motives or culprits for that attack have been named yet.
A post to the service’s Twitter account (@pastebin) around 1:30 p.m. acknowledged the attack: “Pastebin is under DDOS attack again guys, working on it…”
Initially started as a site to allow developers to share code, over the last year Pastebin has proved to be the favored drop-off spot for hacktivist groups like Anonymous and Lulzsec for dumping long diatribes of text detailing accounts of hacks, exploits and other information.
Pastebin also was the channel through which the self-desginated Comodohacker communicated with the world after his attack on Comodo last spring and his subsequent compromise of Dutch CA DigiNotar. As of late afternoon Eastern time on Thursday, the site was still offline.
Pastebin.com’s homepage Thursday.