Website defacement mirror Alldas.de has today closed its doors and hammered another nail in the coffin of the hacker underground.
The high-profile defacement site appears to be a victim of its own success, swamped by the rising tide of defacement attacks.
In a statement, Alldas said that it started out as a "small security dedicated website, that ran smoothly on a 486/100. Served less than 50 visitors a day, used disk space less than 5MB and was maintained in less than 1 hour each day by one person."
Now, Alldas receives over 10,000 visitors a day, and "runs on a dual 1GHz Box with 1GB RAM, uses 4GB of disk space and has become a complete 'odyssey' for the volunteers who maintain the most well known part of Alldas.de, the archive of defaced websites."
The message goes on to explain how its volunteer staff feel "burnt out" and "frustrated" by the site, a phrase echoed twice last year when Safemode and , the other two big-name defacement mirrors, also folded.
Website defacements today stretch into the hundreds, when only two years ago they barely reached double figures a day.
The mirrors appear to have the odds stacked against them, being volunteer run and often the target of attack themselves. In the last year Alldas has been up and down constantly after being bombarded by denial of service attacks, perhaps from a hacker bearing a grudge.
But Alldas added that, like its peers, it will stay online in some sort of capacity as a security site.
"The Alldas project will continue at alldas.org, maintained by Fredrik and Xavier, the rest of the staff will stop being part of the project," the message said.
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