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The DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack started sometime Tuesday night at around 10PM. We're not sure the exact time, we just know that when it hit things hit hard. The site was offline within roughly a minute. After contacting our host, they quickly confirmed that they were seeing massive incoming bandwidth and had to blackhole our IP (blackhole essentially isolates FA from the rest of their network).

What's a DDOS? A massive network of computer systems flooding a target's with so much bandwidth and data that it knocks it offline. It's like driving down an empty highway and having 100,000 cars appear, causing instant gridlock.

We DO NOT KNOW who was behind the DDOS, nor do we have any speculation. We're not looking to point fingers. Our host is looking into the details and will be taking legal action if at all possible as this impacted many of their customers.

The DDOS persisted and caused massive lag spikes and connectivity problems for our host and spread through over four facilities. Emergency maintenance had to be done for router upgrades. Unfortunately, that didn't fix the problem and the attackers DDOSed the site and services again. Some of you may have noticed FA popping in and out at times.

The last 24 hours have been very hectic among site staff. Waiting on responses from our host (which were slow and far between). We still do not know the extent of the full DDOS as our host has not given us the full run down, but it was more than enough to saturate a 10 Gigabit fiber link.

We had to wait for the DDOS attacks to subside and for our host to update their firewalls and prepare for further attacks. The DDOS attack was out of our control, and we're taking some steps and measures to prevent it from happening in the future. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to stop a DDOS, but there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the damages done by them. SoFurry, Weasyl and Inkbunny were also hit with similar attacks. We'd also like to assure all users NO USER DATA was lost or compromised during the attack.

We are currently looking at migrating our hosts to a new system (we're still researching where) and are raising donations to do so. We're looking into a distributed cloud or dedicated server based hosting (we're still looking into the finer details). If you'd like to donate you may do so here:

We will be donating 10% of the donations to SoFurry since they've suffered outages and attacks almost on par with FA. As a community, we feel it's our job to try to look out for one another.

We know there are many questions, concerns and more, and we will be working on addressing those in the next few days. For now, we're just happy to have FA back and will be focusing on clean up from the attacks.
FA United: Monster Island - the official convention of Fur Affinity
August 15-17, 2014


Vicente Sanhueza
Artist | Student
Favourite genre of music: Metal, Drama, and Rock
Favourite cartoon character: Fox from skunk fu, Lola Bunny and Minerva Mink

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