Moonfruit bears the brunt as DDoS attackers find new target

Moonfruit, the oldest identikit website creator, is now down thanks to a spate of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, taking with it thousands of websites owned by small businesses and start-ups. What's startling and least reassuring for subscribers is that Moonfruit's own website is now down.

Moonfruit recently switched over to HTML5 from Adobe Flash which was getting less prominent with the passage of time. However, HTML5's better security structure failed to stop the recent DDoS attack, the extent of which is still unknown. However, the company has announced that all the affected websites will be kept offline for only 12 hours.

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"Unfortunately, the sheer size and scale of hosting or data centre operator network infrastructures and their massive customer base presents an incredibly attractive attack surface due to the multiple entry points and significant aggregate bandwidth that acts as a conduit for a damaging and disruptive DDoS attack. As enterprises of all sizes increasingly rely on hosted critical infrastructure or services, they are placing themselves at even greater risk from these devastating DDoS attacks, even as an indirect target," said Dave Larson, CEO of Corero Network Security.

December has so far been a great month for hackers who initiate DDoS attacks for fun. The first week of the festive month saw a dedicated and successful DDoS attack on Network Janet which controls the domains of major universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, the Universities of Essex, Paisley and Glasgow.

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Popular professional hangout LinkedIn was also found to be infested with a large number of fake profiles created by hackers to obtain users' personal information like addresses, date of birth, gender and email IDs. To make matters worse, Twitter raised an alarm yesterday on the fact that several government-sponsored hackers are now attempting to access users' private and confidential information.

Even though Moonfruit isn't the first and will definitely not be the last to suffer outages owing to cyber-attacks this year, the firm has sought to soothe anxious nerves until the subscription-based service resumes work.

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"We have been working with law enforcement agencies regarding this matter and have spared no time or expense in ensuring we complete the work as quickly as possible," said Matt Casey, Director at Moonfruit over a Facebook post.

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