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21 April 2014

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The Twisted Genius

That's one hell of a sustained DDOS attack. TechCrunch guesses that this was an attack aimed to extort a ransom from TypePad. Seems to be a lot of that going around. Another site says it was an attack on the spam fighting company Blue Security that followed its web presence to TypePad. That's a lot of collateral damage.

I wish NSA and CYBERCOM would spend some time and effort on actually defending. They could do a lot in conjunction with NANOG and the FBI. I guess defense is just not sexy enough.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/21/say-media-owned-blogging-platform-typepad-enters-day-5-of-on-and-off-ddos-attacks/

http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2006/05/03/ddos_on_blue_security_blog_knocks_typepad_livejournal_offline.html

Fred

Well DDS is also serving to remove some critical thinking voices from the web at a key time, though it may just be coincidental.

Ishmael Zechariah

TTG, Col. Lang;
Great to see the site again. I was worried that SST had gone. Moon-of-Alabama is still down. Saker's blog had the lowest down-time. Someone posted a link there: http://dirtyglasses.typepad.com/ where one can access Sunday's last post for MoA. I do hope that SST will also have a place where we can check in case of such problems.

Maybe the US authorities can stop monitoring everyone's communications for a bit and deal with these extortionists. But, maybe they do not want to. At first I thought that the folks who do not appreciate SST had taken it down.

Ishmael Zechariah

turcopolier

IZ

This appears to have been simple criminal behavior od the extortionist variety and probably originated overseas. You can always write me to ask about status. pl

rick

Typepad was just doing a symbolic journey to the underworld for the holiday.

Charles

I just read a book about the criminals, mostly in St Petersburg and similar locales, who do just this type of extortion. Hoping the government will protect us is futile. It appears they now utilize the very same technologies and have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Protecting us would eliminate too much low hanging fruit.

Think I cited it before, Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet

http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-System-Error-Bringing-Internet/dp/B004NSVENM

The beaver

@ Charles

Not only Russia, Ukraine is also in that business - last month their target was NATO:
http://www.csoonline.com/article/2131155/network-security/ukraine-seen-as-a-growing--haven-for-hackers-.html

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