(The Hosting News) – Facing a DDoS attack can be any web host’s worst nightmare. Not only does it require company employees to deal with technical issues, it requires them to address the needs of customers affected through the server downtime.
Earlier this week, one of the United Kingdom’s largest domain registrars faced just that. 123-reg reported the incident via its System Status page, indicating that it had worked to reroute the compromised traffic.
“Being the largest domain provider we are a prime target for this type of activity, and we know this type of activity is on the increase – particularly in Europe – as recent press coverage has shown,” stated the company.
Initiating the traffic redirection took the company fifteen minutes. A report from The Register provided an earlier statement from the web host indicating that the hostile operation originated in China.
Meanwhile, the incident resulted in downtime for a variety of customers. “I noticed our pages were offline after people emailed me saying our website link was dead,” commented 123-reg customer Laura Curtis in a BBC report. Curtis owns the site greatamericansongbook.co.uk.
The DDoS attack on 123-Reg occurs shortly after popular client management billing platform WHMCS faced a breach earlier this week. That incident resulted in a data leak accounting for 1.7 gigabytes. 123-Reg offers a variety of offerings including domain registration, hosting, VPS, SSL and more.