Rumble Hacked: Rumble Suffers Major Cyber Attack Following the Release of Sensitive January 6 Security Footage
Rumble, the video hosting platform championing free speech, faced an “unprecedented” cyber attack shortly after it posted new security camera footage from January 6 on its platform.
The widely-used platform confirmed a substantial disruption in its services due to a cyber attack. Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski took to social media to shed light on the situation, detailing the impact of the Rumble cyberattack and suggesting potential political motivations behind the incident.
“I can confirm that this attack has been unprecedented and has been happening since this weekend. I also suspect it is political, coming from activists and/or organizations who want to censor our creators, and related to J6 videos being posted on Rumble,” Pavlovski said on X.
He went on to express his suspicion that the attack was politically motivated, potentially orchestrated by activists or organizations aiming to censor Rumble’s creators, specifically in response to the January 6 videos.
I can confirm that this attack has been unprecedented and has been happening since this weekend.
I also suspect it is political, coming from activists and/or organizations who want to censor our creators, and related to J6 videos being posted on Rumble. https://t.co/tGomVXxEzN
— Chris Pavlovski (@chrispavlovski) December 11, 2023
The sequence of events unfolded last week when the GOP-controlled Committee on House Administration’s Subcommittee on Oversight established a Rumble channel to disseminate extensive security footage from Capitol Police captured on January 6, 2021. According to the Epoch Times, the channel rapidly gained traction, with 135 clips, each approximately 10 minutes long, and nearly 700 followers by December 7.
However, the move seemed to upset some individuals. Shortly after the footage was posted, Rumble experienced a large-scale and seemingly coordinated cyber attack, disrupting the ability of users to upload or view content.
It wasn’t until last night that Rumble managed to fully restore its services. Pavlovski thanked the company’s cybersecurity partners and the entire team for their efforts, describing the incident as a significant learning experience that would fortify Rumble’s resilience. He also expressed gratitude to users and creators for their patience during this challenging period.
In a statement on X, the company said: “Services are 100% restored. A major thank you to our cyber security partners and our entire team. This was a massive learning experience that will only make us stronger. A big thank you to all users and creators who have been incredibly patient with us during this time.”
Similar to YouTube, Rumble is a fast-growing video platform that lets users upload their videos and create their own channels. In recent months, Rumble has seen an increasing number of conservatives leaving YouTube for its platform.