Anthony prefers the name the Community, and he readily admits — albeit communicating only under a pseudonym — that the group’s activities include hijacking valuable Facebook pages for fun and viral fame.
(Meanwhile, Anthony and his cohorts refer to the WTF team as the Neckbeards.) One of Fyk’s employees quickly determined that Funnier was under a distributed denial-of-service (DDo S) reflection attack.
Brussels has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level, suspending its underground and deploying armed security forces to patrol the city.
The government's crisis centre raised the alert to 'Level Four', indicating a "serious and immediate threat", amid a reports that police had found a cache of weapons and ammunition during a raid on an apartment in Molenbeek, the poor suburb of Brussels that was home to the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people.
Earlier, Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel said the terror alert had been raised "based on quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris".
He told a news conference on Saturday morning that it was feared "several individuals with arms and explosives could launch an attack ... "We urge the public not to give in to panic, to stay calm.
“Bro.” The message had been sent by someone who wasn’t his friend on the social network, someone using the alias “Anthony.*” It was a name Fyk had come to know and dread.
Minutes later, the traffic on his website, Funnier Pics.net, nosedived.
Special forces arrested four people at around 3pm on the Place du Grand Sablon, Belgium media reported.
“Site’s down :(.” Fyk’s business was under attack, and not for the first time.
He’d spent the past few years locked in ferocious virtual combat over his Facebook pages, battling a shadowy group of adversaries that he and his friends call Script Kiddies, on the assumption that they're young hackers who exploit low-level vulnerabilities on others' sites.
When Fyk’s team contacted the host, Go Daddy, they learned an estimated 70,000 servers had gone dead, resulting in more than 1 million customers losing web service.
Fyk’s IP address, Go Daddy confirmed, was the attackers’ target. “Imagine the World Wide Web is like a six-lane highway, and each exit is its own server,” Fyk said.