Fur Affinity currently under DDoS Attack
Fur Affinity has been under a Distributed Denial of Service Attack since about 8am Eastern time. They have sent several notices out over twitter. No group has announced a reason.
The site is currently up and accessible but may be slow because of the continued traffic generated by the attack.
You can check the timeline here https://twitter.com/#!/furaffinity
What is a DDoS?
– A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is one in which a multitude of compromised systems attack a single target, thereby causing denial of service for users of the targeted system. The flood of incoming messages to the target system essentially forces it to shut down, thereby denying service to the system to legitimate users.
In a typical DDoS attack, a hacker (or, if you prefer, cracker) begins by exploiting a vulnerability in one computer system and making it the DDoS master. It is from the master system that the intruder identifies and communicates with other systems that can be compromised. The intruder loads cracking tools available on the Internet on multiple — sometimes thousands of — compromised systems. With a single command, the intruder instructs the controlled machines to launch one of many flood attacks against a specified target. The inundation of packets to the target causes a denial of service.
What can I do?
First, be understanding with the administrators. It takes time, effort and skill to defend a site against a DDoS. It makes the job that much harder when a site admin has to constantly respond to complaints from users about the speed of the site or the fact that some features may be down.
Second, make sure your PC, laptop or Android based smart phone has up to date Anti-virus and Anti-Malware software on it, and that your viris deffinitions are up to date, and your system scans are up to date. If your system is infected, you may be part of the BotNet that is contributing to the DDoS. And yes. We did say Android Smart Phone – as recent as March 1, a new virus is spreading through Android phones through the “Steamy Windows” app.