August 16, 2017 Last Updated 3:51 pm

DailyStormer finds new hosting service in Russia, gets slapped with defamation lawsuit

The neo-Nazi website DailyStormer had its domain pulled by GoDaddy and Google following their posting of a disgusting story about Heather Heyer, the woman killed in Charlottesville. With so many options available for hosting, the question was what service would allow the site on their servers. Today we found out: DailyStormer has moved to Russia.

Daily Stormer

For a while the site was said to have gone onto the so-called darknet, only accessible through the Tor browser. But soon it was discovered at DailyStormer.ru.

“We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy said on Sunday.

Since then weird things keep happening, such as the claim that the site was hacked by Anonymous, though that group denied it.

Now, the site appears to be back, this time on Russian servers, with the claim that the president himself intervened with Putin to make sure the site went live again. That seems highly unlikely. In fact, the whole site reads like a series from The Onion. Someone’s leg is being pulled.

Update: This afternoon, Cloudflare, which provides protection against denial-of-service attacks, pulled its support for Daily Stormer, effectively taking down the new website.



Where exactly one is to find Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin may become an issue as a lawsuit has been filed against him in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (see press release below).

The complaint alleges that Anglin published “false and defamatory statements” including the allegation that Obeidallah was the “mastermind” behind the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester earlier this year.

“The Article falsely states that Mr. Obeidallah is the “mastermind” of the Manchester Bombing, has celebrated the death of the innocent victims, and has encouraged others to carry out similar attacks. The Article also falsely states that Mr. Obeidallah has fled to Syria and is wanted by law enforcement for his alleged role in that terrorist act. It also claims, without basis, that Mr. Obeidallah uses his radio show and social-media platforms to promote terrorism and violence towards non-Muslims,” the complaint states.

The complaint further alleges that the neo-Nazi website published faked Twitter posts, mixed in with real ones, to “deceive its readers about the fabricated nature of the Article and falsified Twitter messages.”

Here is the press release:


Washington, DC – August 16, 2017 — Today, American Muslim radio host and comedian Dean Obeidallah filed a defamation lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against the publishers of The Daily Stormer, a Neo-Nazi and white supremacist website, including its founder, Andrew Anglin, in response to their publication of false and defamatory statements.

The complaint alleges that:

  • In June 2017, The Daily Stormer published an article falsely claiming that Mr. Obeidallah is the “mastermind” behind the bombing of a concert in Manchester, United Kingdom in May of this year.  The article includes fabricated images, purportedly captured from Mr. Obeidallah’s Twitter account, to deceive readers into believing that Mr. Obeidallah has claimed responsibility for the bombing and professed support for other terrorist attacks.
  • The article has resulted in threats of violence and death against Mr. Obeidallah.
  • The Daily Stormer and Andrew Anglin have failed to respond to requests to remove the article and end the violent, threatening comments the article has provoked.

Mr. Obeidallah is one of the nation’s best known American Muslim comedians and is also a political commentator.  He hosts the national daily radio program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” on SiriusXM radio, writes weekly for The Daily Beast and CNN.com’s Opinion Section,  and can be seen frequently in the national media discussing contemporary political issues.

“No one deserves to be defamed and threatened online by a racist neo-Nazi mob simply for expressing ideas and beliefs,” said Mr. Obeidallah.  “I’m hopeful that this lawsuit will ensure that others are not victimized by these types of blatant lies and harassment.”

Mr. Anglin is the well-known publisher of The Daily Stormer, which holds itself out as a journalistic news organization that is willing to do “the job other news websites won’t do” and that caters to the Neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements.  Through articles like the one about Mr. Obeidallah, Mr. Anglin has cultivated an online community that routinely threatens and seeks to intimidate religious and racial minorities.

“The Daily Stormer has published false information and fabricated evidence in its effort to mislead its readers and promote anti-Muslim sentiment,” said Johnathan Smith, legal director of Muslim Advocates. “Knowingly publishing false information in order to target and silence those with whom you disagree is unlawful and unacceptable, and publishers like Andrew Anglin need to be held accountable.”

The complaint alleges that The Daily Stormer has a long history and pattern of using defamatory and hateful language against individuals, including the malicious fabrication of stories.

Johnathan Smith, Sirine Shebaya, and Juvaria Khan of Muslim Advocates; Abid Qureshi and Christopher Fawal of Latham & Watkins LLP; and Subodh Chandra and Donald Screen of The Chandra Law Firm LLC, represent Mr. Obeidallah.

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