News Investigators, one of Nigeria’s leading online newspapers has recovered from a wicked cyber attack launched against it by yet to be identified source.
The attackers hacked into one of our official email addresses, at the early hour of Friday, last week, sending over 11,000 spam messages in less than 24 hours, resulting in Error 522 Ray ID: 20ebbc9ce8db13b9 • 2015-07-31 19:34:00 UTC.
“An Error 522 means that the request was able to connect to yur web server, but that the request didn’t finish. The most likely cause is that something on your server is hogging resources,” was the initial message we received.
But for the timely intervention of our team of experts from within and abroad who worked round the clock through the weekend to restore sanity, the agent of darkness who presumably is unhappy with the light we beam on critical national issues, would have wreck some havoc.
Only yesterday, ZD Net, a U.S. based technology news platform reported the FBI warning of DDos extortion cases.
The FBI warned businesses that they are at an increased risk of being extorted by malicious actors threatening network flood attacks.
In an online bulletin at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, which works in conjunction with the FBI and other agencies, the agency warned that “the victim business receives an e-mail threatening a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to its website unless it pays a ransom.”
On behalf of our publisher and the entire management team, we express our sincere appreciation to our teeming readers for their concerns.
We appreciate all the calls and messages, assuring you of our determination to serve you better.