The Challenge Of Cyber Attack Threats For Thousands Of Businesses

Moonfruit service is a company in the United Kingdom that allows small businesses to build websites and online stores through its templates. Moonfruit has announced last Thursday, December 10 that it has been threatened by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Its customer’s websites will be unavailable for about 12 hours due to infrastructure changes.

The problem begun when Moonfruit suffered from a 45-minute DDoS attack on its servers. During the attack, an organization that called itself Armada Collective contacted the company to demand a large amount of money. If they do not receive payment, they will be resuming the attack by Monday. After an investigation has been carried out on the group, it became clear to Moonfruit that the attacks will continue even if they were given the payment they demanded. There is also a possibility for the attacks to worsen so that they can demand more money.

Infrastructure changes will be the best protection against the attacks but unfortunately this will result in a great deal of inconvenience for the small businesses that are reliant on Moonfruit services. A lot of money can be lost from potential sales particularly since the holidays are just around the corner. It is incredibly bad timing for the online stores that are selling holiday gifts and cards.

It would have been better if Moonfruit has made upgrades to its infrastructure so that it will not be susceptible to attacks. The good thing is Moonfruit has decided to join the group of companies who refused to cave in to extortions. Nobody is happy with the downtime but the company is brave and courageous enough to stand up against its attackers. The company is working with law enforcement agencies and they are making all steps to ensure that work is completed as fast as possible.

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