The Internet Archive is fighting a major battle against DDoS attacks


The Internet Archive, a renowned nonprofit research library known for its extensive digital collections and the Wayback Machine, is currently grappling with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which has intermittently disrupted its services since Sunday, May 26.

Despite the ongoing attack, the Internet Archive reassures users that its collections, including the records of more than 866 billion web pages stored in the Wayback Machine, remain intact. However, users are warned of an “inconsistent” experience due to the attack.

Brewster Kahle, the founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, highlighted the organization’s resilience in the face of the attack, stating that they are hardening their defenses to provide more reliable access to their library.


Chris Freeland, Director of Library Services at the Internet Archive, pointed out that cyberattacks against libraries and knowledge institutions have become increasingly common, citing similar incidents targeting other organizations such as the British Library and the Solano County Public Library.

In addition to the DDoS attack, the Internet Archive is facing legal challenges over alleged copyright infringement, with complaints from US book publishing and recording industries, including Sony and Universal Music. These legal troubles add to the pressure on the organization.

As of the latest update, it’s unclear whether the DDoS attack is ongoing, as no further updates have been provided since the organization confirmed its status on May 27.