The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says that its website has been under sustained cyberattack for the past five days. A statement on the union's site, which is running slowly at time of writing, said on Monday that the union "has been experiencing ongoing severe technical problems that have affected some visitors' …
Why the PCS?
Hardly Spartist revolutionaries, as unions go.
What are they then? Fabians?
Always wondering at the concept of a Union For People Paid By Expropriation of Others.
Ultimately, aren't we all paid by other peope's money?
Wait 3 days, then get the full story
Wasn't there an example of this the other week, some tiny web presence moaning about how they were getting 'DDoSed', when it turns out they actually had an incompetent admin and a surge in web requests. Muppets.
Bunch of self serving revolutionaries
Bollocks of the highest order...
"It stressed that no membership data had been compromised as a result of the DDoS attack."
"It is important to note that this has had no effect on the security of the information we hold"
Have just done a few basic security tests of input fields on the site (e.g. login / password retrieval etc.) and the site is RIDDLED with XSS and code injection vulnerabilities, if someone wanted to 0wn this site and the data behind it, it would take them about 15 minutes...
Some weird DDoS targets right now
The University of Winchester got DDoSed last week and they don't strike me as an especially controversial organisation.
Are they sure it's a DDoS?
It could just be the vast number of proud public sector workers trying to join the People's Revolution so that they can march shoulder to shoulder into a glorious socialist future!
No, on reflection, you're right, the DDoS is more likely.
You can take our bandwidth
But you will never take our FREEDOM!!!
for when problems occur with net services?
You only need a grievance
Pick an organisation. Any organisation. Find someone with a grievance (no matter how trivial) against said organisation. Assuming the individual is slightly unhinged, whereas they once might've sent a nasty letter, let the tyres down, or put dog turds through the letter box they can now rent a botnet for a few quid and send a slap from the comfort of their own home.
However I do agree that the trend is now to label website performance problems DDoS until proven otherwise. Makes you feel all important. Hoo-hah.
Can understand the scepticism but there is a marked difference between high traffic peaks which the PCS site gets on quite a few occasions and is mitigated against in a number of ways VS a proper DDOS, sorry but the traffic levels themselves are different for starters before you get on to the actual identified types (yes plural) and how we're dealing with it.