It’ll Never Happen

Shortly after the last newsletter went out, our production hosting servers will subjected to a denial of service attack eminating from the United States. Apparently it wasn’t strictly aimed at us but at the host we use. Nonetheless, we suffered a significant degradation of service for a short period. The good news is that our host’s defences held and there was no lasting damage. Why us? No reason. The machine it was specifically targeting had only been commissioned a few hours previously and held nothing of any particular sensitivity or value. It seems it was just a random attack by opportunistic hackers. But it is a good reminder for everyone that you cannot afford to be lax with your IT security, not even for a few hours.