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So What Happened Yesterday?

If you attempted to log into your Bombplates site (or even visit bombplates.com), you might have noticed that you weren't able to reach your site for quite some time. You may have questions "What happened there?" "This is awful! I have a big show/album release/showcase coming up! Can I count on my site?"

The one-word answer is "hackers." "WHAT!?" you may say, "That just raises more - and more unsettling - questions!"

Good point! Let me back up a step. We use a 3rd-party DNS registrar for Bombplates. Essentially that means that another company maintains our "phone book." When someone wants to visit a Bombplates site, they go to this phone book to find the address so they can find their way there.

That company was the victim of a denial of service (DoS) attack yesterday. Somebody used a network of computers to send thousands or millions of fake requests to their system throughout the course of the day. This overwhelmed them so that they couldn't respond to any requests. Eventually, they put some systems in place to mitigate the issue, and the attack tapered off.

This means that while the Bombplates sites were inaccessible because of hackers, none of our sites were targeted or damaged, and - most importantly - nobody's data was compromised.

We will continue to review our systems internally and work with this DNS registrar to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again.

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for using Bombplates!

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Posted: December 2, 2014
Filed Under: News & Announcements

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