How 4chans /b/ board got crippled


Recently, 4chan pwnd Time Magazine’s poll to identify the World’s Most Influential Person. The online community dominated that poll and made the founder of 4chan, moot A.K.A. Christopher Poole the winner. That’s not surprising. 4chan is known for pwning everything it can get its hands on.

But this last week 4chan got a little of it’s own medicine when it’s infamous /b/ board got crippled (that’s Internet slang for “it stopped working right”). For over a week, the 4chan /b/ board was down. The question is why?

Here’s the scoop straight from our anonymous source’s mouth:

Spammers posted pics with a link saying “See nude girls here?” – The link led to a zip file that was an autoexecutable virus. Allegedly the autoexecutable was a virus based on Virtumonde. The altered virus was able to create a MASSIVE botnet capable of DDosing the board. So in essence, the people who brought down /b/ turned out to be /b/ itself. To many people got infected with the virus that is DDosing that board.


4chan users got tricked into downloading a virus which turned around and attacked the server that the 4chan /b/ board forum runs on. The way to fix the problem is for 4chan users to clean up and get rid of the virus.

  • newfags got tricked

    only morons would fall for that

  • BHex

    Hahaha newfags got owned

  • newfags chase trap
    oldfags sense trap

  • sdfghjsgf

    worthless newfags.

  • anonymous

    burn it. burn /b/ to the ground. its body is rife with cancer. let it die and rot.

  • anonymous

    cancer has metastized

  • DorkWad

    Typos make Baby Jesus cry.

  • /b/
    You can never truly be Anonymous if you use windows. When micro-soft owns the software on your computer they know exactly who you are.

  • anonymous

    The translation was worse than the original description. You suck.

  • Robert Paulson

    its “too many” not “to many”

  • matt stairs

    /sp/ stands strong. We show up, avoid virus, leave.

  • rofl, newfags can’t triforce

  • Where can I download this “virus”? It seems more like a cure for cancer than anything harmful…

  • anon1234

    ▲ ▲

    die newfags

  • anonymous

    long live 7chan

  • lol

    Ecclesiastes 1-:9-10

    9 What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

    10 Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
    It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.

  • anonymous

    that doesn’t sound right…

  • fesefs

    4chan sucks, it’s not funny it’s gay

  • kyo

    only /b/ can kill /b/.

  • i’mashaaark

    suʍop ǝpısdn ʎɯ ʇnoq ʍouʞ ʇ,uop sbɐɟʍǝu

  • anonymous_is_dead

    newfags ftw

  • Odd that they would fall for such an obvious ploy.

  • Your triforce is crooked. I just don’t read whatever 4chan is. I mostly just read reddit, zgeek and books from my library. The rest of the time, I play video games and avoid watching television… oh, and the girl thing is fun too, I guess. But now I must read this 4chan you speak of. You can do anything at zombocom.

  • anonymouse

    the cancer has been cured.

  • anon


    i lol’d

  • jw

    It’s interesting that the author of this article chose to use the word “pwned” in what should be an article of serious integrity. When you choose to abuse low-level slang, and then cite another piece of slang erroneously (“crippled”), you lose all credibility.

    But thanks for playing.

  • Jack

    Not really odd, because of the time magazine thing the board was flooded with newfags that were desperate to “see nude girls” , thus, getting a virus and ruining everything.

    Oldfags are smart, newfags are new, new to internet, new to everything also retarded.

  • LOL

    lol that whole article is a lie it was actually ddosed by people not the users reporter owned in another trick

  • brodawg

    /b/ being down is nothing new. This happens every two months or so. It’s not like anon is saying “oh my I see the error of my ways now.” durr.

  • Dave Davies Davidson

    No way, /b/ found a cure for cancer.

  • Anon

    Proof that only /b/ can kill /b/.

  • Anon

    newfags can’t triforce

  • don’t u guys know? 4chan was full of hackers on steroids, no way they were that stupid…
    but in all honesty, this article is bullshit. any references? or evidence, for that matter?
    m00t knows what happened, he just doesn’t want to talk about it right now

  • anonymous

    >Odd that they would fall for such an obvious ploy.

    That’s because voting moot to the top brought a lot of new users to /b/ – ones who have never been off of Google, AOL, YouTube, Facebook, and Myspace. The definition of cancer. People have been posting those links for ages, but only in recent weeks has it had any effect. So in essence, /b/ killed /b/, but in an extremely indirect manner. However, once /b/’s come back from the dead, only the loyal, intelligent users will return, so the major cancer will have cut itself out.

  • Anon

    One word.

  • anon

    Only fucking newfags say newfags. Cunts.

  • ehhhhh

    That’s weird..

    I don’t think that
    a) enough people would be silly enough to run an exe from an ad.
    b) even if some did fall for it, it wouldn’t be enough to bring the site down with a DoS attack.

    Theres probably more to it.

  • Parker Lewis

    Sup digg?

  • Anon

    Every one of you including the author is a failfag.

    You are the cancer that is killing /b/.

    Die in a fire.

  • anonymous

    newfags ugh

  • Specinneff

    Garbage Day !

  • anon

    7chan sucks balls

  • Anonymous

    This is why we can’t have nice things

  • Anonymous

    Ahhhhh, chemo feels great, I think its working guise.

  • /b/ is an hero

  • Anonymouse

    It wasn’t newfags it was all the premi-fags that found 4chan because of the Time poll.

  • wayfinder

    viruses? what it is? use linux desu!

  • Anuts

    lol. i came buckets!


    Play him off, keyboard cat!!!

  • anon

    I’m sure Time hired someone to do this.

  • classic

  • David

    I’m sure they didn’t, tool.

  • Ron Paul

    Newfags gets viruses on their lolish windows machines and Oldfags win once more.

  • Anonymouse

    Newfags see the cheese but they don’t see the trap.

    /b/ deserves what it got… it’s just part of the great purge!

  • Spiderman


  • anon2

    Owned. More should stick away from Windows, too.

  • rick astley

    moot is a total jew

  • Grammar

    Stop using “it’s” when you mean “its”. How old are you, 12?

    If you are unsure, say “it is” in place of “it’s”. If it doesn’t make sense, use the possessive “its”.

  • anonymous

    newfags killed /b/… unsuprised anon is unsuprised

  • flangor?


  • anon

    Proof that only /b/ can kill /b/.

    and we shoot web.

  • puddin

    This probably wouldn’t have happened if they were running OS X. OH WAIT, 4 channers hate MACS. OH the IRONY!!!!

  • Anon

    /b/ Not your personal DDoS Army.

  • Nate Higgers

    1. Its all the Protest fags fault. It started from there.
    2. They Got popular on shittube.
    3. Flood of newfags.
    4. Newfags vote Moot as time number 1.
    5. Time faggots Visit Download Obvious tarp..
    6. ??????
    7. PROFIT

  • david

    lol internets

  • nona

    jesus christ which dumb shit downloaded and executable of porn off 4chan? if it was you, shoot yourself

  • Oldfags please find a way to fix us. The game is getting copypasta.

  • anon

    “newfags got tricked

    only morons would fall for that”

    Yes, that says it all.

    I know as an irrefutable fact that absolutely no one on /b/ except completely fucking retarded people would click anything remotely close to that.

    It’s the newfags that have no idea what they’re doing, let alone what a DDoS attack is, that would click that.

  • The End

    This was all of our fault. Fox News and Time Magazine must have worked together to take down our site because one of their employees siezed a thread which threatened to run a DDoS against Fox. Fox came up with a plan to create a surge of “newfags” to the site so that it would be shutdown due to bandwith usage. Obviously their original plan failed, so they formulated a plan to get /b/ to buttfuck itself. /b/ is dead forever, the cancer was there from
    the beginning. 4chan is no longer an outlet for another /b/, a so called “promised land” must be built, with things such as passing a quiz about the old /b/ and obscure Internet memes a requirement to enter. There is no such thing as a fully open imageboard! We must forget our boundaries and work together to revive the old /b/. We can’t be held by titles such as “underage”. All smart internet users must band together and work together to show the world the true face and fucking power that is ANONYMOUS. We are legion. We do not forget. And by hell, well never forgive them for what they’ve done!

  • The End

    And in a way, /b/ became it’s own personal army. A personal army that killed itself.

  • anonymous

    it was boxxy.

  • anonymous

    is that you Dave?

  • I am proud to say that I have no clue what a b board is.

  • Rick

    wtf? /b/ didn’t “pwn” the Time poll, it just voted en masse. No different to what Colbert and Stewart were doing (albeit less effectively).

  • anonymous

    newfags can’t:
    fire the loic
    kill chuck norris (wait, no1 can…shhh)
    blank post

    newfags KILL.
    so…the solution is simple…
    we must kill the Newfags…

  • which proves again that only b, can kill b.

  • Newfags can’t triforce

  • mypeclietle

    I am a newbie here.
    Glad to find this forum…as what I am looking for

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