The last few days have been interested. This blog uses the Typepad blogging service, which was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack first on Friday, and then again on Monday and Tuesday. I am not going to explain what a DDoS attack is. You can find online plenty of definitions, or follow the above link.
The bottomlne is this: it has been frustrating for both readers and for bloggers. All blogs were affected and were unavailable. Perhaps, you found my blog available but were unable to submit comments. For most of Friday and Monday, I was unable to sign in to approve comments or write new blog posts. For the moment, services appear to be all back up. I'd like to thank all of my readers for your patience through this frustrating time. Like other Typepad bloggers, I check Everything Typepad for status updates and the Typepad Twitter page. This tweet was posted 2:37 pm Tuesday:
@typepad Typepad is up for most. Mapped domains + certain extensions (http://blogs.com , .co.uk, .fr) still experiencing issues. #typepadstatus
I'd also like to thank the good folks at Typepad for all their hard work to restore services. They haven't said (yet) who is behind the attack. My guess, and it's purely a guess, is that it's retaliation by offshore spammers after Typepad implemented some really good security enhancements last month that blocked spammers and greatly reduced the tsunami of spam comments.
After this DDoS attack, the recent Heartbleed OpenSSL privacy flaw, and ongoing dragnet online surveillance by government spy agencies, the Internet surely seems like a far less reliable and safe tool than we all thought or hoped for. Over the last 15 to 20 years, people worldwide have shifted many tasks and businesses to the Internet: shopping, banking, news, sports, customer service, and more. How do we make the Internet safer and more reliable?