Blog DDoS Solved for TypePad and LiveJournal
A cyberattack that shut down Blue Security also felled thousands of blogs when the antispam site deflected the malicious hits, analysts said.
Internet security company Netcraft said on Thursday that Blue Security temporarily dealt with the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) siege by redirecting traffic to its journal at blog host Six Apart, knocking out that company’s TypePad and LiveJournal services.
“The DDoS traffic appears to have followed http://www.bluesecurity.com to its new home, overwhelming Six Apart’s network and knocking its TypePad and LiveJournal services offline for nearly eight hours,” Netcraft analyst Rich Miller said in a blog posting.
In a DDoS attack, networks of compromised computers called botnets are typically used to repeatedly request information from a server or data center. Such a barrage of requests means legitimate users cannot access the site and can cause servers to fail.