UPDATE: Rob Monster has responded.
UPDATE: Lee Rogers is mad that I quoted Rob Monster who runs BitMitigate who was featured in an SPLC article on the Stirrer this afternoon. I’ve reached out to Monster to independently confirm the email is genuine, but there is no reason to believe he was misquoted.
This is confusing.
I made the mistake of taking the Andrew Anglin character at his word that he had been dropped by BitMitigate. As of yesterday, it seemed like The Drama Stirrer was about to go the way of 8chan because there is no readily available alternative to Cloudflare and BitMitigate.
The Andrew Anglin character was saying that he needed $11,000 a month to stay online because he was dropped by BitMitigate:
Andrew Anglin posted his fundraising appeal on Gab:
And yet, this morning The Drama Stirrer was already magically back online. Did he really raise that much money in 24 hours? NO, the answer is that he simply didn’t pay his bill:
“The Stormer has lost its main access because it hasn’t paid for the service that allows audiences to view the content, Rob Monster, founder and CEO of Epik.com, told Hatewatch in an email. Epik.com runs BitMitigate, a content delivery network, or CDN, that ensures a site’s content becomes visible online.
“As for Stormer, they actually never paid us a penny,” Monster wrote. “In August we discontinued the free plans. Stormer, like any other client, had the opportunity to secure a paid plan. They chose to overlook those opportunities which were proactively presented with ample opportunity.”
Anglin could not be reached for comment. But on Gab.com, he made a desperate plea for support and noted that the Stormer website might not survive. He wrote he’s seeking $11,000 in donations to fund continued access to BitMitigate.
“We’re searching for a new CDN – Bitmitigate is no longer willing to put up with the level of attacks we bring on a budget we can afford. Daily Stormer is now under an unprecedented level of pressure and we’ll have trouble staying online for the future.”
So the truth comes out.
How much does DDOS protection actually cost on BitMitigate? It offers three monthly plans: $29 a month (1 IP address), $99 a month (5 IP addresses) and $159 a month (10 IP addresses). Presumably, Anglin got the Stirrer back up after paying Bitmitigate a whopping $29 a month or $348 a year. Even the most expensive plan would have cost him $1,908 a year. The site went down because Anglin or Weev (probably the latter) didn’t sign up a paid plan in spite of having over a month to do so.
I broke my own rule and failed to fact check Weev on something as trivial as the true reason why the Stormer had gone down. Assume he is lying until proven otherwise.
Note: Lee Rogers falsely accused TRS of being responsible on Infostormer.