(The Hosting News) – Islandnet.com, the Canadian-based hosting site has returned to service after being hit with a DDoS attack. The attack took place on Wednesday and resulted in nearly 5,000 sites going down.
Many of the sites affected by the DDoS attack included local business customers in Victoria, British Columbia, where the hosting site is based. Such customers affected included the Vancouver Island Firefighters Association and Bolen Books.
Following the attack, Islandnet.com received an email from an anonymous source claiming responsibility for the crash. Apparently the source had a problem with Islandnet’s hosting of a particular website. According to reports, the site in question was a blog dealing with child custody issues.
Part of the email read, “We will continue attack and increase in size if this site is not removed from your network. We will stop in 8 hours, if we see site back up we will start again. We have tons of servers to launch attacks from”.
Islandnet complied with the request and the attack ceased.
Despite returning to service, the small hosting company has enlisted law enforcement to further investigate the attack.