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Anime News Network Recovers Its Main “.com” Domain


On behalf of everyone here, congrats to the folks at Anime News Network.

At 11:36PM (Eastern) last night, Anime News Network CEO Christophe Macdonald tweeted out one simple line of text: “animenewsnetwork.com”, to signal that ANN was back in action in its original domain.

This closes a chapter for the organization, which began early in the month. On August 7, Anime News Network was hit by a major cyber-attack, which crippled the outlet. The main site was taken down, emails were compromised, and the main “animenewsnetwork.com” domain’s ICANN registration was altered and re-registered to a “nathan ahh.”

Furthemore, ANN’s @anime Twitter account was also taken over, along with the personal account of ANN Executive Editor Zac Bertschy.

In the days leading up to last night’s recovery, Macdonald noted that the hack did cause Anime News Network to take a traffic and SEO hit, though social media traffic was far higher with Facebook accounting for a 50% increase overall during the period.

Source: Twitter (ANN_Ed)

Editor’s Note: Once again, on behalf of everyone at Anime Herald, I’d like to say “congrats” to the folks at Anime News Network. We wish you the best as you get back to 100% in these coming weeks.

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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