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After online attack: Wikipedia receives millions donated for IT security


A few days ago, Wikipedia was paralyzed following an attack in several countries. Now the online lexicon gets $ 2.5 million to protect the security of the platform.

A few days after the Wikipedia was massively disturbed by an online attack, the Web encyclopedia receives a million donation for countermeasures. The founding of media entrepreneur Craig Newmark brings $ 2.5 million to help secure the platform. The aim is also to better protect information about users, the Wikimedia Foundation said.

Today we announced $ 2.5 million in support from @craignewmark philanthropies to advance security efforts for Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects.

- Wikimedia (@Wikimedia) September 10, 2019

Newmark founded the Craigslist ad site in the 1990s and became rich. Meanwhile, he is active as a patron and previously donated nearly two million dollars for Wikipedia projects, as the online encyclopedia further communicated.

Unknown had paralyzed Wikipedia pages, including the German version, last Friday with a so-called DDOS attack for several hours. With such attacks, servers are forced to their knees with a flood of pointless requests.

Source: spiegel

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