As you may already be aware, yesterday morning Codero was hit by a massive Denial of Service (“DoS”) attack that began at approximately 8:00 a.m. CST and impacted a number of our customers. This was a deliberate coordinated attack from multiple origination points. The attack appeared to have been politically motivated and three other hosting companies were impacted in addition to Codero.
Codero immediately initiated countermeasures and contacted our upstream bandwidth providers who are usually able to mitigate the impact of DoS attacks. In this case, however, the scale of the attack was so large that traditional approaches were not effective. After several attempts our engineers isolated and blocked the source of the attack and took immediate steps to restore service to our impacted customers. Law enforcement was also notified.
Unfortunately, because the internet now plays an unprecedented and important role in political events worldwide, these kinds of attacks are becoming more numerous and frequent and the methods of their originators are becoming more and more sophisticated. Similar attacks hit the free-speech platform WordPress® as recently as last week.
Codero stands by our commitment to continuously improve our services and to communicate with our customers when unforeseen events like this occur, using Twitter, blog, telephone, and email. We will continue to work with law enforcement as appropriate and work to prevent and resolve future attacks where countermeasures are met with new methods of attack. As our teams continue to gather more information we will continue to communicate about what we learn and new additional countermeasures we are implementing.