We are getting very close to Christmas and the last 3 days where the opposite of peaceful for us here in the ViralURL headquarters.
Instead of a traditional presents under the tree… somebody decided to send us 3 DDOS attacks spread out over 2 1/2 days.
Now, usually each DDOS takes a site down about 24 hours as the upstream network providers usually wait that long before removing a null-route from an IP that was DDOS attacked.
But thanks to our amazing technical support staff (thank you Jamie… you are the best!), we got the site back up within just hours after each attack.
With the last attack we where able to find out the exact method the attacker used and where able to put pre-emptive counter measures into place.
Same as we did… you might ask yourself, what makes somebody spend time, resources & money to launch a DDOS attack against a single web site?
Especially if that attack in the end just gives a few hours of downtime, but otherwise leaves no permanent damage?
Based on some (actually a few hundred) spam messages that the attacker send to us… it looks like what ticked off this individual where emails he received from other ViralURL members.
Based on this, we decided to make sure all emails we send out through our system have easier to follow account deletion links, allowing any member that no longer wants to be a member to simply click it and make a choice to either upgrade or delete his or her account.
In order to do the right thing, this changes will be implemented over the next few days and as always, we are looking forward to hear your feedback on what else we can do to make ViralURL even better with the upcoming 3.0 improvements.
Wishing you all a Merry (and peaceful) Christmas Season!
To Your Success in Business & Life,