Saturday, October 2, 2004

WorldPay under attack

I've just recevied the following email from WorldPay. It seems they are under a DOS attack. As you can see, the email is a bit light on details but at least they have decided to let customers know. I remember attacks happening in the past, not for a while though. Obviously the children are playing again.


WorldPay System Status: 2/10/2004

Dear Customer,

We regret that access to our payment and administration systems is severely disrupted due to a planned and large scale Denial of Service (DDOS) attack by a third party.

Our payment and administration systems are working, safe and secure, but the networks around them are being flooded with requests on a huge scale, causing 'service denials'. We are processing payments, but far slower and fewer than we normally would.

We are executing our contingency plans to move to full restoration of the service but cannot at this point in time predict when all customers will have the service restored without further interruption.

While attacks of this type can be anticipated, it does take time to identify and deal with the exact nature of a particular attack. We are doing everything that is possible to restore a full service as soon as is possible.

PLEASE NOTE: although we are subject to a "denial-of-service" attack, the integrity and security of our systems and data is in no way compromised.

Please check the Customer Management System portal page at where we post information about system status on a regular basis.


I'm not sure how long it has been going on for, but I paid for a product via Worldpay earlier tonight and it was processed as normal. The email has only been sent in the last hour, so I probably missed the start of the attack.

Post ID: 523, posted by jase at 11:25 PM
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I can't get onto the Worldpay home page currently

Posted by: Lewis Henshall at October 4, 2004 01:52 AM
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