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U.S. Cybersecurity Firm Cloudware Cuts Down Services For 8Chan After Mass Shooting

The American web-security company Cloudware discontinued its service to 8Chan after it was suspected that it was run by a suspected gunman in El Paso to post a hate-filled screed. In a blogspot by the company, it mentioned that the terrorist was inspired by the post on the website.

“We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time,” Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, said in a statement. The investigators examined that Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, a suspect posted diatribe post on the forum.

The open fire at Walmart in El Paso left 20 people dead and 26 people wounded. The gunman who killed the people said that he was inspired by the Christchurch shooter who killed 51 people at the Mosque. “Based on the evidence we’ve seen, it appears that he posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people,” Prince wrote.

8Chan is offline just after the shooting but it is possible that the site can be back online with the different Internet service provider.  This is not the first time, Cloudware has retrieved the services from a forum/website. In 2017, the website provider pulled out the services from The Daily Stormer, a Neo-Nazi website.

Cloudware also mentioned in the blog that “We and other technology companies need to work with policy makers in order to help them understand the problem and define these remedies. And, in some cases, it may mean moving enforcement mechanisms further down the technical stack.”

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Brooke Binkowski
Experienced, enthusiastic, award-winning multimedia reporter and editor (digital storytelling, radio, print, video, photography) with especially strong interest in human rights, arts & culture, geekdom, border, environmental, and immigration issues. Backpack reporter.