Company Hosting Joe Wilson Fundraising Site Recovers From DDoS Attack
Jaikumar Vijayan writes on ComputerWorld:
A company providing online payment-processing services for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is back online after being disrupted by a distributed denial-of-service attack over the weekend.More here.
The attack on Piryx began Friday afternoon and lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning, temporarily disrupting a Wilson fundraising effort that was under way at that time, Piryx CEO Tom Serres said. It also knocked out services for about 150 other Piryx clients, he said.
Piryx is a nonpartisan Austin-based start-up that provides services to help political candidates and nonprofits manage online campaigns and fundraising.
Serres said the company was contacted by Wilson's office last week and asked to manage online donations from supporters rallying behind the congressman after he shouted "You lie!" during President Obama's address to Congress on health care reform Wednesday.
Hours after the company began hosting Wilson's home page on its servers, Piryx found itself the target of a distributed denial-of-service attack, Serres said. Such attacks are designed to render servers and networks inaccessible by flooding them with useless traffic.