Is it safe to donate after the Extra Life site DDoS attack? (Photo: ExtraLife)
Is it safe to donate after the Extra Life site DDoS attack? (Photo: ExtraLife)

A DDoS attack on Extra Life's website caused the charity event webpage to be inaccessible for about an hour, but has now gone back online. The annual charity gaming event, organized by the Sarcastic Gamer, raises thousands each year to support the Children's Miracle Network. The event was disrupted Saturday afternoon as an unknown attacker launched a DDoS attack on the Extra Life website during its 25 hour gaming event and fundraiser.

Posting a frustrated letter on Twitter, Facebook and through email, the organizer of the event had this to say Saturday afternoon.

We've discovered that the Extra Life website experienced a DDoS attack against our datacenter. I am not sure what kind of person would DDoS a charitable initiative. I am so sorry that you are going through this frustration today.  Our entire team is purely heartbroken that someone would do this. But it has happened. As frustrating as this is for everyone involved, it pales in comparison to what the kids we're trying to save go through.  That reality, for me personally, is about the only thing keeping me somewhat calm right now. I am very angry and very sorry. You deserve better than this. The kids deserve better than this. Extra Life has given a lot of us some of the happiest moments in our lives. This is not one of those moments.   Please hang with us through this. It is important that we spread the word. Please get on every form of social media you can and tell your friends what happened. We can overcome this together Be ready to make up for lost time and share the news when we go live!     

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Although the site has now gone back live, and the Give Life event live stream can be viewed at http://www.twitch.tv/ExtraLife4Kids, it seems many around the web are feeling a bit apprehensive about donating to the cause due to fear that the donations might be stolen by the DDoS attacker. However, be assured; a DDoS attack on the data center does not mean donations have been stolen.

What Is A DDoS Attack?  

Basically, what happens in a DDoS attack is that thousands of requests, which look like visitors to a website are sent to the website's server, bombarding it like a huge swarm of traffic. This causes the website to be unable to accept any more request. When this happens the site goes down, denying access to the site for any additional visitors. This means those of us who attempt to visit the website it is unavailable due to the fact that all these other fake requests or visits have come in and overloaded the server. So basically, it makes it impossible to get in, but no information has been compromised or donations stolen. At this point, the people who run the Give Life gaming event have not report any problems beyond the DDoS attack and so donating should not be a problem. The Give Life charity fundraiser is a good cause and one well worth supporting. Please don't let the antic of a DDoS troll stop you from supporting it. To support the cause of Give Life and help fund the Children's Miracle Network, visit, https://www.extra-life.org as it has now gone back online.  

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