View Full Version : Extra Life Website Briefly Taken Down by DDoS Attack

Shawn Zipay
11-02-2013, 06:11 PM
Earlier today, the website for the charity organizers Extra Life (http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?) was taken down by a DDoS attack. Yes, there are people of the world that DDoS charity events that benefit children. Jeromy Adams from Extra Life posted this update to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ExtraLife4Kids/posts/10153411864315335) earlier today.

Dear friends,

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.

Fortunately, the site seems to be back up. In addition, all of the streams going on this weekend seem to still be going strong. That's probably due to the fact that most of the streams going on are through Twitch, YouTube, and other external streaming sites.

Extra Life is an annual fundraising event where gamers from all over volunteer their time and play games all day (or all weekend) to raise money for children in hospitals and children's hospitals around the world.

For example some of the streams I've watched today include Giant Bomb (http://www.giantbomb.com/chat/), Rooster Teeth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjrOuLhO170), and Markiplier (http://www.twitch.tv/markiplier), but there are tons more out there. Most of which are still early on into their marathons for the weekend.

11-02-2013, 08:16 PM
Screw whoever was depraved enough to think this was something worth doing, at least its back up now and the streams are still going.

Shawn Zipay
11-02-2013, 08:24 PM
They just started doing it again. There are some real assholes in the world.