Defacement Contest Ends With a Twist
Crackers disrupt Sunday's Web site defacement contest by knocking offline Zone-H.org, the site where competitors were supposed to record their crimes.Rather than spending Sunday defacing Web pageswhich, lets admit it, has become a bit passésome crackers decided instead to disrupt a planned defacement contest by knocking offline the Web site where competitors were supposed to record their crimes. The group directed a denial-of-service (DoS) attack against the Zone-H.org site about an hour after the defacement contest supposedly began. The attack, combined with a massive spike in the sites normal traffic flow, made the site almost completely unreachable for about 7 hours Sunday. The sites owners were able to set up a secondary Web page late in the day to accommodate some traffic, and the attack eventually subsided around 10 p.m. Estonian time (3 p.m. ET).
|DEFACEMENT CONTEST TIMELINE|
Sunday, July 6:
9 a.m.: The contest starts, Zone-H receives the first crime notifications. Amount of visitors (3,500 at the same time at 09:48) forces them to shut down and restart the service every 3 minutes to free up CPU processes. Zone-H founder Roberto Preatoni (a.k.a. SyS64738) takes his kids to the zoo, as promised.
10 a.m.: Crackers attack Zone-H with a denial of service. Zone-H goes down
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Zone-H downtime doesnt allow it to monitor the situation. SyS64738 comes back from the zoo/luna-park, where he, his wife, his two kids and their ferret enjoyed a nice summer Sunday afternoon.
6 p.m. Zone-H team mounts a secondary Web page on a different IP class to monitoring the situation.
10 p.m.: The denial-of-service attacks against Zone-H are suspended by the attackers, but the visitors flow keeps reaching unsustainable levels. Zone-H secondary server starts to collect information about cyber crimes.
Present time: Main Zone-H server still knocked off. Zone-H asks visitors to refrain from checking the site.
All times are in Estonian time (ET +7 hours)
Zone-H is an independent security site that acts as a kind of historical archive of Web site defacements. The organizer of the so-called Defacers Challenge scheduled for Sunday designated Zone-H as the keeper of the statistics for the contest, without seeking or obtaining the blessing of the sites operators.