On the evening of Sunday 17th January 2016 a DDoS attack began to target Boards.ie. A DDoS attack is a Distributed Denial of Service attack – it’s sole aim is to take the targeted site off-line. This is done by directing an enormous amount of traffic to the site simultaneously from multiple devices with the aim of overloading it. Boards.ie and many other large websites encounter these attacks from time to time and usually weather them easily. However, this attack was larger and more sustained than any we have encountered before and it unfortunately caused the site to go down on Monday afternoon, 18th January 2016.
From the time the attack occurred, Boards.ie worked intensively to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and to get the site back online. The site went live again on Wednesday afternoon, 20th January 2016.
New and improved security measures are being put in place to reduce the risk of this happening to the site again in the future. For operational reasons, we will not be divulging exactly what those measures are.
We’d like to send out a huge thank you to all of those who offered help, advice, supportive and funny messages via Facebook, Twitter and email – it’s really appreciated that people were so patient. And of course the biggest thank you goes to the tech team who got us back up and running under immense pressure.
Here is a thread in Feedback where Dav has been posting updates