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Unexpected downtime between 9/1/07 and 9/04/07

 
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Conal
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Joined: 22 Mar 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:23 am    Post subject: Unexpected downtime between 9/1/07 and 9/04/07 Reply with quote

Over this past weekend, the company that hosts our website was victim of a large Distributed Denial of Service attack. The disruption to the site and forum over the weekend totaled a little over twenty hours, and was beyond the control of our hosting company. I think they did a fantastic job getting things back under control, considering the scope of the attack that was aimed at them.

Additionally, even though the downtime was not their fault, they have given us a two month extension on our hosting contract to compensate for our inconvenience. Qute nice of them, I think.

Attached is the announcement they made this morning, which sums up the problem fairly well.

PowWeb wrote:
Recent Service Issues

Over the weekend, PowWeb servers became the target of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. DDoS attacks are malicious attempts to interrupt Internet services by intentionally "flooding" and overwhelming providers with bogus data. Once the volume of this data exceeds an architecture's capacity, systems can no longer perform their tasks and performance issues occur.

While our hosting platform is designed to withstand such attacks, many customers experienced a service degradation, and in some cases, an interruption in services altogether. Thank you for your patience while we worked to combat the attack and bring all services back to normal as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, DDoS attacks are not uncommon, and Internet criminals are constantly discovering new ways to disrupt services. Please be assured that we are working with federal authorities to identify those responsible for the attack and prevent any type of future disruption. If you'd like to learn more, Google "DDoS attacks" or "DNS storms." As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact us .
- 09/04/07 at 11:40 EDT

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