Hosting Provider 123 Reg hit by DDoS Cyber Attack!

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Hosting Provider 123-Reg was hit by another DDoS cyber attack last night which reportedly left its customers unable to access their respective accounts and websites. For some, the misery is still continuing and is said to end in a couple of hours time from now.

The good news is that the service provider acted quickly and switched over to its disaster recovery plan, to give a major relief to its premium customers.

But the fact which leaves us astonished is that in past 12 months, 123-Reg is facing the DDoS attack for the second time. In April 2016, 123 Reg suffered a technical glitch which was propelled by a malicious link.
This glitch made some of the 123 customers get wiped from the database. In August’16, a 30Gbps Distributed Denial of Service was launched on the service provider, leaving its customers toil for 2 days.

Although the company has issued an apology on this latest issue, critics are not in a mood to accept it. They are questioning the company for being lenient against security threats, despite being cyber attacked for the second time.

Some experts say that it is foolish for companies to wait for a cyber attack to take place and then react. In their perspective, a company offering web services should be more responsible than a normal SMB.

On the other hand, security agencies like CIA and FBI have already issued a warning to all hosting providers and ISPs about the fact that hackers can target their network environments anytime.

Cyber Crooks often target such companies as they serve to a large customer base and use aggregate internet peering bandwidth.

So, in such environments, an attack on a single customer can prove as a fatal to other hosted customers sharing the same platform of resources.

Normally, cloud service providers host a bunch of applications serving different purposes for different customers. If one tenant gets affected in this bunch, others could also face a disaster as they share the same resources from the server.

As per our sources, 123-Reg Technical team is striving hard to bring back the network to normalcy. It has already scrubbed and rerouted bad traffic to a large extent.

Furthermore, the team has started working out on remediation options which help the company mitigate the effect of Cyber Attack.

More details are awaited!

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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