Massive DDoS attack KOs CastleCops

Summary:The anti-phishing community at CastleCops.com has been knocked out by a massive DDoS (distributed denial-of-service attack).

The anti-phishing community at CastleCops.com has been knocked out by a massive DDoS (distributed denial-of-service attack).

The volunteer-driven site, which is run by the husband and wife team of Paul and Robin Laudanski, had been coping with on-and-off attacks since February 13 but an intense wave that began around 3:45 PM EST today completely crippled the server capacity.

CastleCops.com DDoS

At 10:15 PM, despite industry-wide efforts at mitigation, CastleCops.com was still displaying a "Site Temporarily Unavailable" message.

"They got whacked real hard today. It was so strong that it knocked their ISP over," said a source involved in the scramble to mitigate the attack.

Law enforcement authorities are involved in the ongoing investigations.

CastleCops.com just celebrated its fifth anniversary as a high-profile anti-malware community. In partnership with Sunbelt Software, CastleCops.com runs the Phishing Incident Reporting and Termination (PIRT) Squad.

Topics: Security

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Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

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