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HootSuite recovers from DDoS attack that dropped the service

HootSuite was temporarily derailed this morning following a DDoS attack.

Published Fri, Mar 21 2014 4:11 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Popular Twitter platform HootSuite suffered a DDoS attack yesterday morning, though was back up and running following the temporary interruption. There was no risk to user accounts or personal information, according to HootSuite officials, as they were able to swiftly resolve the problem.

HootSuite recovers from DDoS attack that dropped the service | TweakTown.com

HootSuite defends against numerous DDoS attacks, which typically is a rudimentary approach to crippling a website.

"I'm writing today to let you know that the HootSuite Engineering and Security teams are working to mitigate the DoS attack," said Ryan Holmes, HootSuite CEO, in an e-mail to users. "This interruption was the result of a malicious attempt by an outside party to flood our services in order to shut down the system."

Cybercriminals use DDoS attacks to flood networks and knock websites offline - and while most companies and online services bounce back quickly - it's still an annoyance that diverts IT teams and can lead to angry users and lost revenue. However, some security analysts believe DDoS attacks are being used by organized crime groups as an extortion technique, offering to cease cyberattacks in exchange for cash payments.

NEWS SOURCE:scmagazine.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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