Why couldn't I access the site between 1 am - 9 am Eastern? NoFap was targeted with a DDOS attack. What is a DDOS attack? "A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic. DDoS attacks achieve effectiveness by utilizing multiple compromised computer systems as sources of attack traffic. Exploited machines can include computers and other networked resources such as IoT devices. From a high level, a DDoS attack is like a traffic jam clogging up with highway, preventing regular traffic from arriving at its desired destination. A DDoS attack requires an attacker to gain control of a network of online machines in order to carry out an attack. Computers and other machines (such as IoT devices) are infected with malware, turning each one into a bot (or zombie). The attacker then has remote control over the group of bots, which is called a botnet. Once a botnet has been established, the attacker is able to direct the machines by sending updated instructions to each bot via a method of remote control. When the IP address of a victim is targeted by the botnet, each bot will respond by sending requests to the target, potentially causing the targeted server or network to overflow capacity, resulting in a denial-of-service to normal traffic. Because each bot is a legitimate Internet device, separating the attack traffic from normal traffic can be difficult." - Read this page from Cloudflare. Why do I have a weird 5-second loading screen to access the site now? As part of the counter-measures, we're using this tool to help to differentiate between legitimate traffic and bot traffic. It's annoying but needed to keep the site online during DDOS attacks. How can I help? Don't refresh the website over and over if it isn't loading which just makes the problem worse.