Just like many other times, the network has become increasingly vulnerable to attacks such as those that caused the down affecting a number of our services. We are trying our best to remain up-to-date and secure but the situation is proving to be more complicated than expected.
The attack took place on Tuesday, which puts that attack in the same week that the latest hack to our service took place. That hack was pretty serious, but the fact that we just got hit twice in one week isn’t as shocking as it should be. We don’t want to make you jump to the conclusion that this attack was a coordinated attack against our network, but we’ll give you the opportunity to play the game of guessing what happened here.
Well I should say the attack was pretty serious. A hacker broke into our servers, got into the web server, and then changed the files. Not the most secure way to do it, but still pretty effective.
The first attack was pretty simple, but the second one is a little more sophisticated. It’s worth noting that all our servers are hosted on an Amazon EC2 server, and that the attackers targeted our web server because it was being used by another website. If that wasn’t bad enough, one of our employees is a good 5 years older than the attacker.
To put it in context, an Amazon EC2 server is essentially a server that you pay to rent out. It will automatically boot up when you type in your username/password, so if that sounds familiar, you probably know what it is. Amazon EC2 servers are often configured with multiple virtual IP addresses. In this case, our own server was also being used by another website. However, the attacker changed the files on our servers, effectively making them useless.
We are now dealing with a new kind of attack, cyberattacks. This time, though, the attackers don’t just change our files. This time they also change our configuration files and possibly even our source code. The attack will also most likely be much harder to prevent than the one where they changed our files.
These types of attacks are called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. There have been many attacks from the same group over the years. The latest in the group’s history was on January 8th, 2014, when a group called Blackhole used the same technique against the American government. However, this time the group is targeting us. Our servers are down, and we have no idea why the attack is occurring.
If you’re a hacker, it’s not the Internet that’s doing this. It’s the Internet that’s doing it. This is the Internet that’s blocking you, and it’s the Internet that’s doing it. This is the Internet that’s blocking the entire world, and it’s blocking all the rest of it. If you want to block us, you have to go through the Internet of Things or a government agency.
We aren’t a government agency, we’re a private company, but we are one of the most popular Linux web hosting companies in the world, and our servers have been attacked. In fact, we have been targeted by multiple organizations in the past. This latest attack came from the FBI, although they are apparently unsure as to who is behind it. Their investigation has revealed that our company is the only one that has suffered a serious attack in the past week.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we wish you all the best in your investigations.