Jobsgopublic experiencing a DDOS attack

admin, January 30, 2009

Dear Jobsgopublic user,

We are sorry to inform you that our service is currently experiencing a suspected hostile attack from an unknown source. In the light of recent high profile data loss in this week’s news, we have disabled system access until our engineers have cleared the issue. Unfortunately this may take some time and service may not be available for the rest of the afternoon.

What does this mean?

Infected computers from around the world are opening connections to one or more of our JGP websites and are keeping them open so that genuine visitors, such as you are unable to access them.  One of our developers likened this to 'people queuing to get on the tube but not actually getting on, just sitting there and blocking other people's access. '  This I thought was a great description to understand what is happening from a non-technical angle.

Please be assured that protecting all candidate and client data is our main priority, hence we have taken these measures of protection, whilst we attempt to 'stop these people from blocking the tube'.

Our sincere apologies for this inconvenient loss of service; we are doing all we can to safely resume service as soon as possible.

Wikipedia description of Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDOS)

We will continue to update our candidates on activity via our Jobsgopublic Blog.