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As you have probably noticed, our site was quite slow or even unavailable in the last few days. Let me explain what happened.

What was the cause?

To put it shortly, we were under a heavy DDoS attack. You have certainly heard this term but it may be that you don't know how it works.

The Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS in short, is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. To achieve that, the attackers use... ZOMBIES. Well, to be more precise we should call them just "bots", but zombies is a cooler name in my opinion:) Zombies are an army of infected computers that will attack a givensite.

How does it work?

Let's imagine that our web site as a real life store. A typical store has a door or two, some windows, a roof, some staff to sell etc. With normal users, as you are, everything works fine. Customers walk in, browse in the goods and if something is nice they buy it, and go home. Let's say that this shop is quite small and only 10 people can enter at once. Now imagine what happens when someone sends a 1000 zombies to storm the doors. In this situation legit customer can't even see the store. And that's exactly how a DDoS attack works - the attacker uses a sh*tload of infected computers to constantly "enter" the website. That is why you, our dear customer, can not enter.

But why?

Why does someone even bother to do something like that? It is hard to answer that question. Most attacks are just for "fun". Sometimes it is for money - in this situation competing stores hire hackers to disable the websites of their rivals.

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