Cyber attack on  Archive Of Our Own -Part 2

Attack description :

Another DDOS attack on Archive Of Our Own  ( Archive of Our  from Anonymous Sudan. DoS and DDoS activities are specifically designed to interfere with the normal functioning of networks, services, or servers by inundating them with an excessive amount of internet traffic. Although these incidents can cause temporary disruptions and potentially result in financial losses, they can be effectively managed by implementing appropriate response measures.

Message Sent from Anonymous Sudan :

AO3, even if you applied the tightest of anti-ddos methods, even if its CF UAM + Captcha, we will fuck you no matter what. We are motivated to do everything in our capabilities to fuck you and we won’t have any mercy.

Mitigations :

  1. Network Monitoring: Employing robust network monitoring tools allows organizations to identify abnormal traffic patterns and potential attacks in real time. This enables swift action and mitigation.
  2. Traffic Filtering: Employing firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) can help filter out malicious traffic and reduce the impact of attacks.
  3. Bandwidth Scaling: Collaborating with internet service providers (ISPs) to ensure sufficient bandwidth capacity helps absorb the impact of attacks and maintain service availability.
  4. Load Balancing: Distributing network traffic across multiple servers can help alleviate the strain caused by attacks and improve overall system resilience.
  5. Incident Response Planning: Developing an incident response plan that includes procedures to detect, respond, and recover from DoS or DDoS attacks is essential. This plan should involve key stakeholders and outline communication channels, mitigation strategies, and recovery processes.
  6. Content Delivery Networks (CDNs): Utilizing CDNs can help distribute traffic geographically and reduce the impact of attacks by caching content closer to end-users.
  7. Cloud-based DDoS Protection Services: Engaging the services of cloud-based DDoS protection providers can help mitigate large-scale attacks by absorbing and filtering malicious traffic before it reaches the organization’s network.

Impacts :

As per claimed by Anonymous Sudan,  This is second time that Web pages of Archive Of Our Own  ( was down for another 4 hours  leading to a period of downtime. Anonymous Sudan also asked for ransom to stop DDOS attack against Archive Of Our Own .

Message Sent from Anonymous Sudan : 

Take away: As Anonymous Sudan claimed they would target any organization from USA cyber Space. It is a Cyber war against USA initiated by Anonymous Sudan

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