One of a chat system Campfire being attacked by the denial-of-service attack, hackers blackmailed the Campfire to stop the DDoS attack, they trying to extort money from the provider.
Campfire operated by the company 37Signals, which updated its blog:
Criminals have laid siege to our networks using what’s called a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) starting at 8:46 central time, March 24 2014. The goal is to make Basecamp, and the rest of our services, unavailable by flooding the network with bogus requests, so nothing legitimate can come through. This attack was launched together with a blackmail attempt that sought to have us pay to avoid this assault.
Denial-of-service (DoS) or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users.
DDoS seems to be a Toy, and hackers play with that easily, it is easy to perform to anyone, but not for those who use reliable services to stop DDoS attacks such as Cloudflare. If you are a website owner you should take appropriate actions to avoid any future attacks.
For 37Signals users:
Updates are getting posted to the 37Signals Twitter. We’ll update as we learn more.