Blue Security Attack Crashes Six Apart Blog Network?
Six Apart’s TypePad blog network has come under the fire of a massive DDoS attack according to Six Apart’s Michael Sippey.
Since approximately 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, Six Apart has been the victim of a sophisticated distributed denial of service attack. This has affected all of Six Apart’s sites, causing intermittent and limited availability for TypePad, LiveJournal, TypeKey, sixapart.com, movabletype.org and movabletype.com. Our network operations staff is working around the clock with our Internet access providers to resolve the issue. We appreciate your patience and support, and will provide updates as we have them.
Apparently the Six Apart blog empire is in the green now, having taken care of the problem, but Security Pro News reports that blogger Jason Levine feels that the cause of the problem is an anti-spam security software, Blue Security, which has been the target of some spammers recently and has a blog running on Six Apart’s blogs.com:
Digging a little deeper, though, it doesn’t look like this is a particularly accurate description of what happened — but instead of this being a case of the folks at Six Apart trying to cover up some internal issue, it instead looks like they’re being far too gracious in not revealing more about another company, Blue Security, which appears to have been responsible for the whole disaster…
Because according to a post on the North American Network Operators Group mailing list, at some point yesterday the people at Blue Security decided that the best way to deal with the attack was to point the hostname www.bluesecurity.com to their TypePad-hosted weblog, bluesecurity.blogs.com. This effectively meant that the target of the attack shifted off of Blue Security’s own network and onto that of Six Apart, and did so as the direct result of a decision made by the folks at Blue Security.
Wonder how many blog netowrks are scrambling right now to see if any of their bloggers are rubbing spammers and hackers the wrong way?