Real Life Stories about DDoS Attacks


A blog-hosting site, which hosts over 19 million blogs, was temporarily knocked offline by a DDoS attack in April of 2011. The blog host has said that sensitive data was probably taken, but the extent is unknown. At first the origin of the attack was not disclosed, but it was later found that the attacks originated in Asia. Read the story

Starting in 2009, a popular gaming platform has become a frequent target for DDoS attacks. The attacks have the ability to affect anyone in the over 17 million involved with the gaming network. At this point, it does not seem that information and data is being taken, but these attacks continued to create a disturbance on the network. Read the story

Social networking sites with hundreds of millions of users crawled to a halt for hours during the summer of 2009 as DDoS attackers operating from within a large Eurasian country sought to silence a single blogger from a bordering country. At the time, some speculated that the attacks were actually from the larger country's government. As one social network's head of security Max Kelly added “It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard.” Read the article

For three days in July, 2009, the web sites of an Asian countrys largest daily newspaper, a large-scale online auction house, a bank, the country's president, and many websites of the country's North American ally came under DDoS attack as upwards of 166,000 computers in a botnet unleashed wave after wave of a data-powered onslaught. Some believed operatives at a neighboring country's telecommunications ministry were to blame, using a backdoor for the infamous Mydoom worm of 2004, but this have never been proven. Read the story

On the 25th of June 2009, the death of pop star Michael Jackson led to a flurry of Internet searches regarding various aspects of his life. The number of search queries was so large and so sudden that a large search engine mistakenly thought that it was the victim of a DDoS attack and took counter measures to protect itself. For a while, those using the search engine were met with an error message asking them to enter a simple captcha to prove they weren't a bot. The search site realized what was happening and quickly recovered. The incident went on to show that not all DDoS attacks are malicious in nature. Read the story

In November of 2008, a large European news organization's website was attacked. The attack lasted for an hour and a half; marking the longest time the site had been offline during 2008. The news organization stated that the attack originated in a number of different countries. It is unknown who is responsible for the attack, but it has been speculated that the news site may have been targeted as a result of content that was in conflict with the hacker. Read the story

In April of 2007, a Baltic country faced a debilitating DDoS attack crippling several government websites. The attack was most likely carried out by an army of bots from all over the world, such attacks are difficult to trace and in this case, the widespread distribution of the bots made it exceedingly unlikely that any single organization would be found responsible. Read the story

The first major distributed-denial of service attack (DDoS) responsible for crippling some of the internet's most popular websites was executed by the hands of a North American citizen not old enough to drive. A 15-year-old, set out to make a name for himself in February 2000 when he launched an attack which took down the website of the #1 search engine at the time. Thinking it may have been a fluke, he went on to batter the servers of a popular news site and the sites of some major retailers in a wave of highly publicized attacks. Read the story