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V.I. Consortium Hit With DDoS Attack, Clogging Legitimate Traffic to Website

  • Staff Consortium
  • October 13, 2021

V.I. Consortium has been hit with a DDoS attack following the publishing of a story about the V.I. Attorney General daughter’s no-bid, $70,000 contract with the Dept. of Tourism being renewed for a second year. DDoS, or distributed denial-of-service attack, “is a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic,” according to Cloudflare, an American web infrastructure and website security company that provides content delivery network and DDoS mitigation services. “From a high level, a DDoS attack is like an unexpected traffic jam clogging up the highway, preventing regular traffic from arriving at its destination,” Cloudflare added. The Consortium’s hosting company has confirmed that the downtime on the site is caused by a DDoS attack. According to Equifax, a global data, analytics, and technology company, motives behind a DDoS attack can be spurred...