Our blog host was hit with a DDoS (distributive denial of service) outage that has kept our blog unavailable off and on (mostly off) for the last six days.
Many of the blogs are up and running. Our address ends with “blogs.com” and we were still waiting while the blogs ending with “typepad” have been up and running for a few days.
What is a denial of service attack?
Perhaps the most common method of attack involves saturating the target website with external communications requests, so much so that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic making the website unavailable.
Most of these attackers attempt to extort money from tech companies. In most case, as in the case of our blog host, the company has chosen not to give in and are fighting the attacks rather than paying the ‘ransom’ demanded.
The group responsible for this has been stopping and starting their attacks on our blog host at random intervals for the past week crippling their ability to function.
Our blog host has assured us that none of our data has been compromised and all of our photo albums remain intact and will be available for viewing, as well as all previous postings, once this attack is over.
Basecamp, Fotolia.com, GitHub and Meetup.com have joined Typepad, Livejournal and Moveable Type as victims of this latest round of malicious denial of service attacks.
These attacks are more powerful than precious attacks as the criminals are now taking advantage of flaws in older Internet protocols that were not originally secured very well.
We have been using Typepad to host our blog for ten years and five months. During that time one would think they would have anticipated a problem such as this and would have upgraded their security to prepare for an attack like this. Obviously they did not.
Typepad keeps thanking us for being patient. Most of us are not patient. We wonder how many bloggers will switch to another platform.