Euro 2004 Gambling Sites Hit By Denial Of Service Attacks

A new wave of distributed denial of service attacks has been launched against UK betting sites.

Capital Sports' website has been the worst affected and has been unavailable since mid day yesterday.


A spokesman for Blue Square said the company came under attack after the company ignored a demand for $30,000. The new attacks raise speculation that extortionists will continue to target gambling sites in the run-up to Euro 2004 and Wimbledon.

Netcraft is monitoring the performance of twenty leading UK Internet Gambling Sites, with dynamically updating graphs available here.

Most Reliable Hosting Providers during May

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
May 1st - 31st 2004


During May, an Italian hosting company,Seeweb, was the most reliable of the hosting company sites we monitor. Second placed was the Jumpline site, which was top of the chart last month.

Linux and FreeBSD were evenly split amongst the top 10 sites with four sites each, with running Windows Server 2003 and DellHost on Windows 2000.

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Akamai Network Problems Disrupt Numerous Sites

Problems with Akamai's content distribution network knocked a number of high-traffic web sites offline this morning, affecting the availability of antivirus updates from Symantec, McAfee and TrendMicro, as well as streaming content from Apple. Our monitoring of the Fortune 100 shows performance issues this morning for BellSouth, General Motors, Coca Cola and Verizon.

A statement on Akamai's customer site said the company "is aware of a service interuption earlier today affecting content delivery. We have identified the root cause and have implemented the fix. Issues retrieving content should be decreasing or resolved." The language hints at a technical problem rather than a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), which had been the focus of early speculation. The size of Akamai's network - reports range from 12,000 to 15,000 servers - would seem to make such an attack unlikely.

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RIAA Site Offline Again on MyDoom.F Trigger Date

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) web site is once again experiencing significant downtime. The timing of outages yesterday and today begs the question of whether the site continues to suffer the effects of the MyDoom.F virus, which programs machines to launch distributed denial of service attacks on between the 17th and 22nd of each month.

The RIAA site was offline from March 17-24 due to the effects of MyDoom.F, which at its height was estimated to have infected as many as 45,000 machines, according to antivirus vendors.

RIAA web site peformance

A dynamically updating graph of the sites targeted for DDoS by various MyDoom variants is available here.

Most Reliable Hosting Providers during April

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
April 1st - 30th 2004


During April, Jumpline, a hosting company which specialises in Virtual Private Server [VPS] solutions, was the most reliable of the hosting company sites we monitor. Second placed was Energis, the UK telco and high end hosting provider, and third was Komplex, the German hosting company which was top during March.

Notably, this month five of the top ten sites were running Linux. This is first time since the performance analysis of hosting company sites started that Linux has been the leading operating system for site reliability. Until now FreeBSD had without exception been the most common operating system amongst the top ten each month. However, this month, the top ten comprises five sites running Linux, three running FreeBSD and one each running OpenBSD and Windows, with Energis running Windows and Secure Dog running OpenBSD.

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