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TypePad Blames Large DDoS For Blog Outages

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

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Second time in a month TypePad says DDoS attacks causing outages across blog platform

A host of blogs based on the TypePad platform continue to face issues today, after the provider revealed it is under a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

The problems, which started yesterday, came after a slew of DDoS attacks on TypePad over the last month.

TypePad sorry over DDoS

TypePad“We’re truly sorry for today’s extended outage. If you didn’t see our status updates, we were under a large DDOS attack,” it said in a blog post.

“This attack was large enough to have a significant impact on our upstream providers, leading to the outage. In situations like we dealt with today, we have intentionally left out technical details as to not give away anything that might open us up to new attacks.

“We continue to work to improve our defenses and will provide a more detailed update tomorrow.”

The latest status update from this morning said TypePad-based blogs and apps should now be working, but the company would “remain vigilant”.

Yet at least one UK user was still experiencing problems this morning. “It’s 8.56BST time in the UK. I can’t upload images manually or in batch. Everything is really slow and unstable. Nothing is working properly (draft posts aren’t displaying tool/editing bar correctly),” read one response to TypePad’s blog post.

In late April, the SAY Media-owned blogging platform said it was facing strong DDoS attacks for at least five days.

DDoS strikes continue to get more powerful. Arbor Networks last month reported an unprecedented rise in DDoS attacks over the first quarter of 2014, with 72 attacks larger than 100Gbps and 1.5 times the number of attacks weighing in at 20Gbps or greater than in the whole of 2013.

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