Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Web Hoster Media Temple Shut Down By DDoS Attack

Elinor Mills writes on C|Net News:

Media Temple, Web hosting provider for Adobe, ABC, Sony, NBC, Time, Volkswagen, and Starbucks, was hit with a sophisticated distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack Tuesday.

The outage began about 3:50 p.m. PDT, when Media Temple's domain name servers were deluged by a flood of traffic coming from outside the U.S., and lasted less than an hour, according to the Los Angeles-based company's blog.

"Due to the sophistication of the attack, our normal DDoS firewall prevention techniques didn't block the attack adequately, as the traffic appears to be legitimate," the company reported at around 5:40 p.m. PDT.

The company said it had initially blocked all traffic from Asia, South America, and Mexico to reduce strain on the network, but later removed the blocks. As of 6:10 p.m. PDT the network was reported stable.

More here.


At Tue May 25, 10:10:00 PM PDT, Blogger Edward Vielmetti said...

MT posted an incident review


"Once detected, and the unique signature of the attack had been determined, our engineers were able to block the DDoS and restore service completely."


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