These provide for on-topic boards to discuss anime , manga , technology, sport, photography, music, hentai , torrents , travel, physical fitness , as well as a random board. All other moderators are volunteers. Poole acknowledges that donations alone cannot keep the site online, so he has turned to advertising to help make ends meet.
A "capcode" may be used to attribute the post to "Anonymous Mod", although moderators often post without the capcode. Revealing oneself as a janitor is grounds for immediate dismissal. For instance, on December 28, , 4chan and other websites went down due to such an attack, following which Poole said on his blog, "We now join the ranks of MasterCard , Visa , PayPal , et al.
During the creation of 4chan, he obtained the source code for the Futaba Channel website, and translated the Japanese text into English using Altavista's Babelfish online translator. By November , 4chan made the transition to utilizing CloudFlare following a series of distributed denial of service attacks. I am sincerely sorry", citing server costs, infrastructure costs and network fees.
Before that time he had used the alias "moot". In this talk, Poole mainly attributed this to the anonymous system, and to the lack of data retention on the site "The site has no memory. David Kernell as a government witness. He also explained to the court the nature of the data given to the FBI as part of the search warrant, including how users can be uniquely identified from site audit logs. Anonymous group and Project Chanology 4chan has been labeled as the starting point of the Anonymous meme by The Baltimore City Paper ,  due to the norm of posts signed with the "Anonymous" moniker.
This message resulted in the Church receiving threatening phone calls. It quickly grew into a large real-world protest. Unlike previous Anonymous attacks, this action was characterized by 4chan memes including rickrolls and Guy Fawkes masks. The raid drew criticism from some 4chan users who felt it would bring the site undesirable attention.
The "no rules" policy also applies to actions of administrators and moderators, which means that users may be banned at any time, for any reason, including no reason at all. Certain post numbers are sought after with a large amount of posting taking place to "GET" them. A "GET" occurs when a post's number ends in a special number, such as , , or every millionth post.
A stickied thread on its front page states that the board's intended purpose is "discussion of news, world events, political issues, and other related topics. Both Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr. Other memes originating on the site have gained media attention of a lesser degree. Friendship Is Magic are also known to frequent 4chan, having had a board dedicated to their interest. Lolcat A lolcat image using the "I'm in ur The text is often idiosyncratic and grammatically incorrect.
In , the meme was widely popularized by 4chan in the form of "Caturday". Every Saturday, users posted pictures of cats with image macros relating to that day's theme. Rickrolling In , a meme known as the "duckroll" began, after Poole used a word filter to change "egg" to "duck" across 4chan.
Thus, words such as "eggroll" were changed to "duckroll". This led to a bait-and-switch in which external links disguised as relevant to a discussion instead led to a picture of a duck on wheels. In March of that year, the game's trailer had been released, and the game's immense popularity caused publisher Rockstar Games ' website to crash.
The user posted a YouTube link that purportedly led to the trailer, but in reality directed users to the music video for Rick Astley 's song " Never Gonna Give You Up ". Thus, the " rickroll " was born. Boxxy The character of Boxxy is portrayed by Catherine "Catie" Wayne, an American Internet celebrity known for her highly energetic vlogs.
Pedobear In his American incarnation, Pedobear is an anthropomorphic bear child predator that is often used within the community to mock contributors showing a sexual interest in children. This was done accidentally; due to the image being used from Google Images , the authors were unaware of the joke.
It has been used as a symbol of pedophilia by Maltese graffiti vandals prior to a papal visit. The 4chan community was able to track down the originator of the videos, a fourteen-year-old from Lawton, Oklahoma , and passed his details to his local police department.
As a result of this, a suspect was arrested and the cat was treated by a veterinarian and taken to a safe place.
Art used to be something to cherish Now literally anything could be art This post is art. Anonymous,  Less than an hour later the post was photographed off the screen and framed by another user who posted another reply in the thread with a photo of the framed quote. The attacks caused Turner's website to go offline. This cost thousands of dollars of bandwidth bills according to Turner. In response, Turner sued 4chan, 7chan, and other websites; however, he lost his plea for an injunction and failed to receive letters from the court.
Mail account of Sarah Palin , Republican vice presidential candidate in the United States presidential election , was hacked by a 4chan user. This followed criticism of Palin and other politicians supposedly using private email accounts for governmental work. However, he forgot to blank out the password in the screenshot.
We could have changed history and failed, epically. The source of the story was traced back to 4chan. Law , which was associated with an anti-piracy client, was affected by the cyber-attack. After coming back up, the front page accidentally revealed a backup file of the entire website, which contained over megabytes of private company emails, which were leaked to several torrents and across several sites on the Internet.
Law Andrew Crossley in a statement to a court addressed issues which influenced the decision to back down "I have ceased my work I have been subject to criminal attack.
My e-mails have been hacked. I have had death threats and bomb threats. Users submitted entries such as " Diabeetus ", "Fapple", several variations of "Gushing Granny", and " Hitler did nothing wrong". The games proceeded as planned but under a higher level of security awareness. On September 11, , at 9: Police said that the suspect called it off as a joke, and they released him after they found no indication that the threat was serious. The original post included a link to Westley Sullivan's Facebook profile, which has since been taken down, and a screenshot of a post which said "if fairview isnt closed tomorrow im going to blow it up", referring to Sullivan's high school, Fairview High School , in Boyd County, Kentucky.
A few anonymous individuals went to Sullivan's Facebook profile and found his address, phone number, school ID number, school schedule and teachers, and other personal information.
Information like his teachers and ID number had been posted directly, and the more personal information like his address was found in the EXIF data of some of the pictures posted on his profile. These individuals then contacted Fairview school officials and the local police department, as well as the FBI. The next day it was learned that police had arrested Sullivan in his home and he had been charged with 2nd degree terroristic threatening, a Class D felony in Kentucky. Ali had first visited 4chan "a week before [the FBI raid] happened".
He admitted to downloading about 25 child pornography images from 4chan. Navy Machinist's Mate , was arrested in February after a fellow seaman found child pornography on his iPhone that he downloaded entirely from 4chan. August celebrity photo leaks On August 31, , a large number of private photographs taken by celebrities were posted online due to a compromise of user passwords at iCloud. The body was discovered in Port Orchard, Washington , after the images were posted.
Her son will be home from school soon. He'll find her, then call the cops. I just wanted to share the pics before they find me. The suspect, year-old David Michael Kalac, surrendered to police in Oregon later the same day; he was charged with second-degree murder involving domestic violence. Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didn't anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so.
We're glad to see this short-lived debacle has prompted renewed interest and debate over net neutrality and Internet censorship—two very important issues that don't get nearly enough attention—so perhaps this was all just a blessing in disguise.
After investigating, Poole found out that only the traffic on port 80 to the boards.