For much of Wednesday and Thursday, Internet Evolution and its sister communities were hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, and we were unavailable for that time.
But now we're up and running. And we plan to stay that way.
We, the editors of Internet Evolution, still don't know everything about what happened. This is a situation where it's best for us to stay out of the way and let our highly competent development team do its job.
The "unusually serious and malicious attack" overwhelmed the datacenter where our servers are hosted, and multiple others across the East Coast, according to an email from Stephen Saunders, managing director of DeusM, the company that publishes Internet Evolution. This is the first incident of this type that we've had in 13 years.
Unfortunately, DDOS attacks are becoming increasingly common (two thirds of financial institutions were impacted by Denial of Service incidents in 2012; other victims include The New York times, the FBI, Microsoft, Amazon, and eBay). While it is not possible for us to guarantee that we will not be affected again, we are currently undertaking an analysis of our web infrastructure to limit the chance of a recurrence to the maximum extent that is possible.
We'll post further updates as we know them, and as we are free to do so.
One final, very important note: We don't know who the target of this attack was. We may well have been collateral damage in an attack on someone else. At this point, I have absolutely no idea.
If we have further updates, we'll post them in the comment thread below or in a separate blog.
Thank you for your patience and for staying with us.
— Mitch Wagner , Editor in Chief, Internet Evolution