Pay up $300 or deal with the biggest attack to your company’s servers since it was founded. That was the question that Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman had to answer last week. And while we agree, that negotiating with criminals is probably not a good idea, it’s safe to say that Meetup paid the price. And a price quite a bit more significant than the measly $300 request.
Meetup, both its website and mobile apps, were completely down for the better portion of 5 days- a tech eternity- after experiencing a distributed denial-of-service attack on its servers. From the sound of it, an intense and well calculated one, especially relative to the culprits ransom demands. Meetup was first down for almost 24 hours and could only recover momentarily before the next round of sophisticated hacking.
We’re told pagers were in use but can only assume that those rumors were a part of a series of jokes that circulated around the disappointed community.
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