Hackers have targeted local online services Company Netregistry for the second time today. The first denial of service attack came early morning when select ranges of IP address were targeted, a second attack on a new range of IP address was mounted later this afternoon.Among those affected are Telstra Bigpond customers. Late last year Netregistry was targeted by Anonymous because they hosted the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), who took action against iiNet in the Federal Court relating to content downloads.
The Company, who recently sold their hosting business to Indigo without asking their hosted web site customer base whether they wanted their servers managed by a new Company, is refusing to say why they have been targeted across their hosting and VPS cloud services operation.
Customers calling the Company were put in a queue.
A spokesperson at Indigo said that they had had several problems delivering a new hosting service due to problems porting former Netregistry clients over to Indigo’s operation.
Late this afternoon an Indigo spokesperson said “We have throttled the network back because of a second denial of service attack on one of our clients, Netregistry. This is the second attack today and they appear to have found a new range of IP addresses.
Netregistry executives have not returned our calls despite several attempts to get answers from the Company.
It is not known whether Netregistry customers who use the Company’s cloud based accounting service have been able to access their records or whether the records have been compromised.
The distributed denial-of-service attack resulted in online Companies being denied access to their content engines and online transaction engines.
The company said earlier in a tweet that an undisclosed “network issue” was affecting services.
Netregistry and Indigo customers were told that visitors utilising the Telstra network for internet access to websites hosted on the Zeus Dynamic web cluster (websites resolving to 18.104.22.168 IP) are currently experiencing Timeout errors.
A statement on the Netregistry web site said that one of the IP addresses used for our shared hosting infrastructure (zeus-dynamic, 22.214.171.124) has been the subject of a DDOS attack. We have had to block this IP with one of our upstream providers (Telstra) in order to allow other client-facing services to be able to be kept online.
This means that some clients who are accessing their websites via Optus/PIPE connections will be able to access their services, whereas Telstra network traffic will not be able to get through to this web server cluster. For example, TPG customers will be able to see the websites, while Bigpond customers will not.