Did A Redditor Hack Rival Site Voat?

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Voat has experienced a serious influx of love from the whole Reddit debacle lately. Touting its stance as a bastion of free speech in all things, the Swiss-based company is basically a brand new Reddit. But some Redditors allegedly don’t like the competition.

Recently, the Voat forum was hit by a hacker … or, if you dare to speculate, hackers. Shutting down the platform for hours, the hacker allegedly caused Voat to shore up its security settings, which resulted in access to the site continuing to be cut off through users who participated via 3rd-party apps.

Responsibility for the hacks was claimed by a Voat user who came over from Reddit and “wanted to test the stability. The user, named startv, claims they are not a hacker per se but
“i did battle test voat in different areas with very simple and a very low volume of web traffic with the intention of giving results back to improve the stability.”

Startv also claims “voat is based on the premise of no censorship yet its (sic) already closing down subverses. then (sic) everyone turns a blind eye or even praises voat for it even if they were just raging at reddit for doing the same thing. open (sic) your eyes people. voat is just another (cloned) reddit with the same actions and same content but run by people that dont know what theyre (sic) doing.”

You can read the full startv “manifesto” here:

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Of course, Voat founder Atko claims that startv’s claims are completely without merit and submitted a statement claiming that Voat can handle over 900 million service requests in a 24 hour period and that the “60 requests per second” hack startv claims to have used to bring down Voat was like “a drop in the bucket.”

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And yet, something brought Voat to its knees for a period of time. Is the instability of a site part of the measure of its quality? Voat has seemed to be frequently inaccessible for users in the past. If hackers continue to plague the platform making it unusable at times, will the inconvenience really outweigh the hate censorship on Reddit?

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