Natural News targeted in massive DDoS attack to silence the truth
SECURITY ALERT: For the last 48 hours, Natural News has been subjected to a large-scale, extremely well-funded DDoS attack that caused intermittent outages of site availability. The attack began shortly after Natural News linked to this White House petition demanding an end to legal immunity for the vaccine industry.
The attack has already been waged for over 48 hours and continues. While Natural News servers were never brought down, the initial wave of the attack successfully overwhelmed the hardware firewall protecting Natural News servers, causing gateway traffic failures. At its peak, the attack bombarded Natural News servers with 250,000 requests per second.
No ransom demands were received. No warnings were given. This was not a profiteering scheme; it was a "destroy" mission, plain and simple.
To defend against the attack, additional defenses were put in place while a firewall upgrade took place, including browser challenge logic that deflected 90% of the DDoS attack traffic. The firewall upgrade means that attacking parties will now need to expend significantly more resources to interfere with Natural News traffic in the future.
Natural News app traffic was not affected, and the mobile app remains the best way to receive Natural News posts without interference. The app is available on Android (Google Play) and iPhone platforms (iTunes).
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