The web's most popular site defacement mirror, Attrition.org, has said that it cannot keep up with the level of defacements and can no longer catalogue each attack.
Attrition has provided a vital web resource for security professionals, but says that keeping the non-profit site up to date with only a handful of volunteers in their free time turned into a 24 x 7 chore.
The organisation said that it has been mirroring over 100 defaced websites on certain days. Typically, once a site is hacked and defaced, someone, possibly the defacer, will inform Attrition, which will then verify the hack and copy the defaced page to its own server.
"There are times when it requires one of us to take mirrors for four or five hours straight to catch up. Maintaining the mirror is becoming a thankless chore," read the release.
Despite being a source of information for security professionals and IT journalists, Attrition has also had its fair share of attacks.
"The abuse and ignorance we deal with from defacers and defacement victims is staggering, and some of that abuse spills over into actual attacks," the organisation said, citing the fact that Attrition.org has been hit by denial of service attacks on a number of occasions.
The group will now focus on developing other areas of the security/hacker underground site, only providing the occasional commentary on site defacements or hacks.
It is a move that has sparked some suggestions that defacements might plummet as hackers will no longer be immortalised on the website. "With that, the mirror will no longer be maintained. We've served our time." And in their own way.
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