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SITE DOWN AFTER DDOS ATTACK - EXPLAINED

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SITE DOWN IN DECEMBER DUE TO DDOS ATTACK

 

You may have noticed that the website was down for a few days in December. This was caused by a DDOS attack on 16 December. DDOS means Distributed Denial of Service. The 'Distributed' bit means that many computers were involved, usually ones infected by a virus that secretly obeys remote commands from a controlling master computer on the internet. The 'Denial of Service' bit means that they were instructed to overload the website with requests for pages until the website couldn't cope with genuine requests, thus denying normal service and causing serious problems for the server that it is stored on. To protect the server the engineers took the site down deliberately. then brought it back online 24 hours later on 17 December when the attack seemed to stop. Unfortunately the attack then started again and the site had to be taken down once more. On 22 December it was brought back online and the attack seems to have ended. DDOS attacks are normally directed at large corporations to bring down their websites, and why our site was attacked is a mystery. We apologise for the interrupted service, which as you will appreciate was beyond our control

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