Gaming Charity Extra Life Hit With DDOS Attack
There are jerks, and then there a nuclear-sized jerks who need to be kicked in the face, and this morning the latter revealed themselves by attempting to take down a charity devoted to helping sick children. Gaming charity Extra Life 2013, an event benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, was subjected to a DDOS attack earlier today that brought the official site down and interrupted the ongoing live stream.
The Charity, in which participating gamers raise money from sponsors by attempting to play video games for 24 straight hours, has raised more than a combined $2 million since launching in 2008. This morning’s attack, which happened around 9:00 AM Pacific time, brought the site down for approximately an hour. Here’s the statement posted to the Extra Life Facebook page this afternoon confirming the attack:
UPDATE: the cause of our downtime has been determined, Extra Life was subjected to a DDoS attack earlier this morning. Please read this important note from Jeromy:
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.
This is not one of those moments.
Please hang with us through this.
It is important that we spread the word. Please get on every form of social media you can and tell your friends what happened. We can overcome this together.
Be ready to make up for lost time and share the news when we go live!
Jeromy “Doc” Adams
The event has since been streamed without further interruption; the live stream can be viewed here.
What else can be said other than “who attacks a children’s charity?” Assholes, that’s who.