"When we asked Cloudflare why it was 'protecting' ISIS websites, CEO
Matthew Prince told Mirror Online it was not actually accepting money from
terrorists, because the ISIS sites listed by Anonymous relied on its free service."
Mirror Online, 2015-05-22
This is not true, Mr. Prince!
We looked at 22 ISIS-related domains that use CloudFlare
nameservers, and discovered that
half of them are on our list
of standard SSL certificates. As any CloudFlare employee could have told
CEO Prince, the "standard" certificate requires a Pro account ($20/month) or
better. These are not "free" accounts with "universal" certificates.
The easiest way for anyone check this out is to enter a domain in our
If it's on our SSL list, you will see a link to the SSL data for that
domain at the top of our search results.
Mr. Prince, please try harder to get your facts straight before
talking to the press. This would make our job a lot easier.
...one year later and we're still confused...
"The Taliban's English-language website has been off line for weeks.
A hacker tied to an online counter-extremism group called GhostSec
claimed credit for taking it down. 'It was not easy, I had to gather
a lot of information for it to happen,' the hacker, who goes by the name
Paladin, said in an email. The Taliban website likely used technology
from web-security provider CloudFlare to protect it from possible
cyberattacks, said Paladin, who last week claimed responsibility for
taking down the Persian-language version of the website as well.
Matthew Prince, the chief executive officer of CloudFlare, said the
San Francisco-based firm works closely with government authorities to
counter extremist activity online. 'When we get notice that there is
a site that is using us that may be illegal or involving content that
may be problematic, we reach out to our contacts in law enforcement,'
he said. Mr. Prince said he wasn't aware that the Taliban may have been
using CloudFlare technology before their sites were knocked off line."
Street Journal, 2016-06-12
Is CloudFlare a
honey pot, or are those
in Silicon Valley paying Mr. Prince to stay stupid?
background on 18 U.S.C. § 2339B, a law about supporting foreign
terrorist organizations, as it might apply to Twitter (and CloudFlare).