January 3, 2006 Distributed
Denial of Service Attack on Resource Library Internet Servers
On January 3, 2006 the TFAO website which contains Resource
Library experienced an eight hour service interruption. Fortunately
this was the only interruption of service since the founding of this publication.
Following are excerpts of a January 4, 2005 letter sent by the firm that
hosts TFAO's website regarding the service interruption.
- Dear Customer,
- As you may know, ReadyHosting experienced a service interruption
- yesterday, and we are writing to express our apologies
- issues you may have encountered. We realize that you
depend on us
- to provide reliable Web hosting and e-mail solutions,
- understand the serious impact these types of interruptions
- It is important to us that you understand what caused
- what we are doing to prevent similar situations in the
- Early Tuesday morning, ReadyHosting's servers became
- of a sophisticated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
- DDoS attacks are malicious attempts to interrupt Internet
- services by intentionally "flooding" and overwhelming
- with bogus data. Once the volume of this data exceeds
- architecture's capacity, systems can no longer perform
- tasks and performance issues occur. (If you'd like to
- Google "DDoS attacks" or "DNS storms.")
- The attack damaged a key router in our hosting architecture.
- router has since been repaired, and we were able to fully
- both Web and e-mail services yesterday afternoon.
- 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
- authorities to identify those responsible for the attack
- prevent any type of future disruption.
- This attack was not in any way related to the upcoming
- to the new hosting platform. In fact, the new hosting
- was designed specifically to prevent these kinds of service
- The most significant advantage of the new platform is
- will support your site and e-mail through dozens of servers
- simultaneously. With this distributed architecture, the
- platform is fully redundant -- should a router or other
- of hardware come under attack, there will be additional
- to support your Web site and e-mail.
- The ReadyHosting Team
Resource Library is pleased that ReadyHosting is taking steps to
prevent a reoccurrence of this problem. We strive to bring to you, our readers,
the best in service and will watch closely the mitigation steps being taken
to prevent such attacks in the future.
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