DDoS Attack November 2015

In a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack), the incoming traffic flooding the victim originates from many different sources. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single source.

A DoS or DDoS attack is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door of a shop, making it hard for legitimate customers to enter, disrupting trade.

Around the 10th of November 2015, owner of Neocities, Kyle Drake received a Denial-of-service attack ransom. Instead of caving in and bowing down to the publicly unknown ransom, Kyle Drake replied to the sender by telling them to "fuck off".

As a direct result, the sender DDoSed Neocities, however, neocities.org handled the DDoS just fine. At the same time, Kyle watched Bob Ross, and went to sleep.

The next day, Kyle Drake would recount this event on his Twitter account by writing;

Neocities got a DDoS ransom. I replied "fuck off". They DDoSed, our mitigation handled it. I watched Bob Ross and went to sleep.

Who the attacker was, why they wanted to attack Neocities, and even what the ransom was is still unknown.


I. one
https://twitter.com/kyledrake/status/664313172636008448 [Internet Archive]

II. Denial-of-service attack on Wikipedia

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