Aussie Broadband News Site Hit by DDoS Attacks

Australian broadband news website Whirlpool.net.au was hit yesterday by several distributed denial of service attacks, but founder Simon Wright did not seem too concerned as he told ZDNet Australia he was not “really fazed by a few hours of downtime.”

Wright said the site’s downtime might have given users a chance to do other things.

“Perhaps a few more people went outside this morning; that can only be a good thing!” he told ZDNet Australia.

Lorenzo Modesto, chief operating officer for the website’s hosting service Bulletproof Networks, said customers were alerted about the attack at 12:46 a.m. After immediately blocking Whirlpool IP addresses to observe it better, Bulletproof discovered the attackers were originating from Denmark and the United States, Modesto said.

Other Bulletproof customers were affected for around an hour, but Whirlpool was left offline until around 8 a.m. When the Bulletproof operations team tried to bring Whirlpool back online, the service went down within a minute.

“We unblocked them at 8 a.m. and within a minute or two, the denial-of-service attack was back on,” Modesto said. “We escalated the issue to block it upstream with our upstream providers. Once we provided them with the source IP addresses they actually blocked those IP addresses upstream.”

It is still unclear why the site was targeted, but Modesto said with “hundreds of thousands of users,” the site’s public profile could have played a role.

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