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Update: Ironman drops the ball again as two races on the same day overwelm

Posted Aug 30 2010 8:07pm

Cyberspace Shortly after posting THIS opinion-editorial story about the web site going down yesterday, Ironman posted this notice on their web site:

As many of you know, there was limited access available to and on Sunday, Aug. 29. Both sites were the target of a cyberattack designed to deny users access to the website, which made it difficult for fans to follow the progress of participants at Ford Ironman Louisville and Subaru Ironman Canada.

The intrusion, termed a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attack, is a malicious and deliberate attempt to shut down a high-profile site. While the technical details are complex, the basic idea is to overwhelm the site with page requests from fake users so that legitimate users are unable to get through the resulting traffic jam.

In August of 2009, the same highly sophisticated method was used against Google, Twitter and Facebook, causing each site to experience limited access and other technical difficulties. Unfortunately, even though we knew we were under a DDoS Attack, the global nature of the attack meant that at the time there were very few options available for slowing or stopping the process. Moving forward, we are taking several technical and legal measures to reduce the likelihood that any similar future attack will be successful. In addition, other measures also include ongoing discussions with several leading cybercrime experts and federal authorities.

Please accept our apologies if this cyberattack spoiled your enjoyment of the races and prevented you from following your loved ones’ journeys to the finish line.

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