Recovery From Attack
Earlier the 24th, around 10 am EST, we received an email from a Gmail user saying something like "I WILL KILL YOUR SITE - PAY **** to **** OR I WILL KILL YOUR SITE". We thought it was a joke, an hour later, we were hit with a denial-of-service attack targeting all our services. And it was a pretty hard one.
Our Website went offline for about 18 hours while they were attacking. We started working immediately to mitigate the attack and applied several rules to stop it. The attack lasted until the next morning, although we were able to reinstate the Website that night.
Now, as our main Website runs under CloudFlare's network and they automatically block any strange behavior, you may get a captcha challenge if you are browsing too fast or if your computer is compromised with a Virus (while the current security level is set to "HIGH", which we are planning to downgrade once everything is cooled down).
We are hoping this does not happen again, however, we are now prepared in case it does.
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