IDG, a Swedish online network with more than 25 technology-, IT- and business-related websites, suffered a cyber attack Wednesday, according to ComputerSweden.
All sites belonging to the network crashed as result of a botnet targeting the whole network, as well as the internal one. The first signs of the cyber attack emerged around 10 p.m. After hours of intense work, the sites were back up the following day.
An IP-address originating in Taiwan was identified as a possible culprit for the attack. With that information handy, technicians were able to block traffic and reboot the systems.
Even IDG‘s own Internet connection was compromised by the attackers, but the problem was solved thanks to alternative connections, including 3G modems.
“Every company that has experienced something similar can tell it’s a constant chase to be one step ahead of the subculture that’s doing things like this, said Niclas SÃ¶derlund, IT director at IDG. “They were just lucky this time.”