The massive DDoS attack that won’t stop – Cool Ideas’ nightmare

At 13:30 on Saturday, 21 September, Cool Ideas’ networking team started receiving alerts. They were under attack and their DDoS mitigation had kicked in. Their network had been brought to its knees by a similar attack just ten days ago, so they watched closely to make sure their new defences held.


Less than half an hour into the attack, they knew they had problems. This attack was four times larger than the one on 11 September and subscribers had started to report connectivity issues.


Cool Ideas posted a notice to its website at 14:00 on Saturday to inform clients that it was being hit with another distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). It screenshotted the notice and posted it to Facebook and Twitter at around 09:20 the following morning.

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