DNS Providers Hit by DDoS

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 @ 04:06 PM gHale

Attackers started launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against managed DNS provider easyDNS.

This is the second type of attack against DNS providers this week as DNSimple was also facing DDoS assaults.

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According easyDNS, the hackers started with a smaller attack, which they believe was a test run. Then, on Monday, a “larger version” of the attack launched.

“This DDoS attack is different from our previous ones in that it looks as if the target is us, easyDNS, not one of our clients,” said Mark Jeftovic, the founder of easyDNS.

Jeftovic later provided workarounds for customers.

“Words cannot express how sorry I am as the founder and we are as a company over this event,” he said.

“This is the ‘nightmare scenario’ for DNS providers, because it is not against a specific domain which we can isolate and mitigate, but it’s against easyDNS itself and it is fairly well constructed. At this time please believe me that we are pulling out all the stops to get this working.”

DNSimple also suffered a similar attack.

The hosted DNS service that allows users to easily manage their domains suffered from a massive DDoS attack.

The first reports about a DDoS attack came from the company on May 31. Monday, DNSimple said it was experiencing a “significantly larger and sustained DDoS.”

DNSimple founder Anthony Eden said the DDoS attack is ongoing, but the company managed to mitigate it.

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