31 Mar '14, 11pm

Email Marketer Declines To Pay Its DDoS Attacker 1.8 Bitcoin Bribe To Prevent Repeat Attack — Seriously

Email Marketer Declines To Pay Its DDoS Attacker 1.8 Bitcoin Bribe To Prevent Repeat Attack — Seriously

In about two hours if threats are carried out, email marketing service Mad Mimi (CrunchBase ) will be hit with another denial-of-service attack (DDoS) similar to what it endured yesterday, which made its service unavailable for a period of time. The attacker then demanded 1.8 bitcoin as ransom to prevent another assault. Mad Mimi declined to pay the sum, and so, at some time around 6 p.m. PDT, the bad kids should be back on the block. The company published a short blog post concerning the situation, including screen shots of an email from a person claiming to be the perpetrator. I spoke to Mad Mimi’s co-founder and also its chief of culture about the first attack, their ensuing defensive measures, and how they viewed the very small dollar demand. 1.8 bitcoin is worth less than $1,000, making it a very odd request, especially following an attack that Mad Mimi called “sophis...

Full article: http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/31/email-marketer-declines-...

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