Popular VPN service Hola has been used to disrupt the operations of 4Chan, according to reports.
To help users access any site from around the world by hiding their IP address, Holaâ€™s VPN service uses the Luminati network. Luminati is an anonymity network similar to Tor. Based on a peer-to-peer network, it routes usersâ€™ requests through other Luminati users acting as exit nodes.
It seems Luminati was used as a botnet against 4Chan, to overflood the siteâ€™s network with requests. As a result, 9 millions IPs were banned from accessing 4Chan, an administrator said.
Â However, 4Chan hasn’t made any official statement on this matter.
This is not the first time 4Chan has been a victim of a DDoS attack. In January 2015, the site was rendered unavailable after the infamous hacking group Lizard Squad hasÂ taken advantageÂ of their commercially-available Lizard Stresser tool to put down the site.