On May 18, 2017, FiWEH Life website was the subject of a denial-of-service (DoS) attack that left the website unavailable to legitimate users. For those not familar with this particular type of attack, it is when an attacker attempts to prevent legitimate users from accessing information or services. By targeting the computers and network of the sites a user is trying to use. An attacker may be able to prevent users from accessing email, websites, online accounts (banking, etc.), or other services that rely on the affected computer.
In this case, up-to-date infotainment related to the diaspora was disruptted and remain unavailable for a total of 10 days. When users attempts to access FiWEH Life by directly typing in the website url into a browser or from a shared link, it sends a request to the site’s computer server to view the page but they are denied access. The server can only process a certain number of requests at once, so when the attacker overloads the server with requests, the server couldn’t process legitimate requests. This results in a “denial of service” because the user cannot access the site.
Service was restored and the tech team is closely monitoring site activities and also establishing alternative solutions to prevent future DoS.