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Since last Friday, we’ve experienced several Ddos attacks (distributed denial of service) on Scoop.it that sadly are significantly affecting our service’s availability.
It started Friday morning: a hacker reached out to us by email asking us for money in exchange for stopping the attack he just had launched. We had about one hour of downtime then.
When a second attack was launched in the night of Friday to Saturday, we decided to respond with a much bigger change. The price to pay was a 6-hour downtime but we felt it was likely the attacks wouldn’t stop as the hacker was sending our platform some massive traffic to saturate all of our network connexions.
The service went back to normal over the rest of the weekend but this morning, we had a third attack using a different method this time. Our team’s been on it and we’re now back online after two downtimes of 45 minutes each.
Thanks for your continuing patience: we know how frustrating these problems are.
We are of course continuing to work proactively on this and are monitoring the situation closely. We are committed to win this fight and will do whatever it takes.
Stay tuned for updates as we’ll give more details in the next few days through our blog and our @scoopit Twitter account.