Web Host 123-Reg Reports New DDoS Attack


9 January 2017


Web host 123-Reg has reported being a victim of a new Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The company, which has headquarters in Hayes, Middlesex, United Kingdom, was established in 2000 and is recognised as the UK's largest domain registrar, managing over 3 million domains. The company also offers a range of small business services including business email solutions and small business marketing solutions alongside website hosting solutions. The attack is the second major DDoS attack suffered by the company in recent times.

A DDoS attack brings down websites that are infected with Trojans by directing huge amounts of data towards them. The current attack caused 123-Reg’s websites and systems to shutdown at one of the busiest times of the year. Initial reports of the attack appeared on Twitter when customers questioned why they could not access email accounts. Other customers reported not being able to access their websites.

At the time of going to press, 123-Reg had reportedly addressed issues caused by the attack, minimising disruption to only a few hours. “…, our teams were quickly on the case and all was resolved by 1pm,” said123-Reg on Twitter. “We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused,” they added.

In August and October of 2016 123-Reg suffered after powerful attacks sent waves of 30Gbps of data in the company’s direction. Later in 2016 the company also got in the news for incorrectly updating its Virtual Private Server (VPS) network, causing large numbers of customers’ websites to be inaccessible.

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