Feeds

UK2.NET smashed offline by '10-million-strong' botnet

Punters' websites go titsup after DNS servers nobbled

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

British web hosting outfit UK2.NET was on the business end of a distributed denial-of-service attack last night that took down customers' websites.

The company's chief operating officer, Martin Baker, told The Register that UK2 had never seen a DDOS attack on this scale before.

"There was a botnet attack last night on our DNS servers. It was intermittent for people so they might see some sites up or down depending on when they're making the requests for pages," he explained. "We saw around 10 million apparently unique IPs attack us."

UK2 saw the peak of the attack at around midnight although customers first started seeing problems with their websites yesterday afternoon.

"We took various actions to trace this back to the IP addresses that they were attacking from so once we identified that we were able to put in mitigating activities to reduce it down and managed to get it off our network by about 3am," Baker said.

"The scale [of the attack] just took us longer than usual to mitigate," he added.

This isn't the first time UK2 has fended off a DDoS attack as the company is seen as a prospective target due to its size, Baker said. He added that customer websites might still be having problems today, but it should all be cleared up by late tonight.

"The way that DNS works is that it's cached elsewhere across the internet so it will take the time that it takes those servers to get refreshed by the internet [to totally clear up], so it could take up to 24 hours for it to refresh all the way through," he said.

Punters had, of course, taken to Twitter to express their outrage as their websites fell off the net, although not in large numbers. Some complained that UK2's service status page wasn't kept up to date.

While the firm's status site did mention that some domains "may be experiencing slow DNS lookups at the moment", the last update was given at 4.51pm yesterday. One tweeter mildly put it: "@UK2 are you at least going to update your service status page to apologise for the downtime? even a statement on twitter would help!!!" ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list
'Just use cash', former security staffer warns friends
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach
Miscreants probably got in, you guys know the drill by now
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha
A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.