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DDoS attack on Typepad affects some SCLS sites

Thumbs_down_smiley2Did you miss us? At various times since Thursday, April 17, Techbits and some SCLS blogs and member library websites hosted by Typepad were unavailable due to DDoS (or Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks on Typepad. As reported on TechCrunch,

Though Typepad has not yet publicly shared much information about its attackers, the typical scenario involves an attacker knocking the victim’s site offline using a flood of traffic, then refusing to stop the barrage until the victim company pays a small amount of “ransom.” ...

SAY Media [Typepad's parent company] has responded that they, too, received a “ransom” note which didn’t specify an amount. The company ignored the note and focused instead on mitigating the attack. They are also cooperating with the FBI on this investigation.

As of April 23, Typepad service and websites have been restored (hopefully for good, this time).

During the attacks, Typepad staff communicated with users on Twitter, posted updates on the Typepad Status website, and posted a Response to Typepad Downtime on their "Everything Typepad" blog. SCLS staff followed the news and posted information on the SCLS Status wiki.

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