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. https://t.co/rS4LaXjoRr- 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.