Basecamp Services Taken Down By DDoS Attack.
Anyone who is a user of the ever popular web-based project management application Basecamp maybe have noticed a bit of difficulty in logging into the service during the early Monday morning. Basecamp, which is also the company’s name, has announced that its been under a distributed denial of service(DDoS) attack from extortionist trying to make a quick buck from them.
The DDoS attack means that the other products owned by the company, as well as its other services such as, Campfire, Highrise, and Backpack may also not be available at this time.
The DDoS attack began during Monday morning at around 9:45 A.M. Eastern/ 6:45 A.M. Pacific, peaking at 20Gbps. This attack was ”launched together with a blackmail attempt that sought to have us pay to avoid this assault,” Basecamp said in a post on GitHub.
For any current Basecamp user, the company has mentioned that your data is currently safe as the DDoS is only affecting their link between Basecamp servers and public Internet:
Note that this attack targets the network link between our servers and the internet. All the data is safe and sound, but nobody is able to get to it as long as the attack is being successfully executed. This is like a bunch of people blocking the front door and not letting you into your house. The contents of your house are safe — you just can’t get in until they get out of the way.
Not Give In.
This has been the second reported extortion attempt with DDoS withing recent weeks. A Popular event planning service named Meetup went through a similar attack during this past February.
Basecamp has said that it will continue to fight off the DDoS attack and will refuse to pay any cash to stop the DDoS as it could expose the company into a similar attack sometime in the future.