Breaking: Arabic Sites Untiny and Filaty Are Under DoS Attack

17 Sep, 2009

Updtate: Filaty told me that the attack they got was a DoSS type, the site seems up and running now.

Saleh Al Zaid the founder of Untiny the Saudi based short url untiny service provider (reviewed by AC here.), just told AC that his site is under DoS Attack since yesterday. Though the site and its services is still up and running. While Filaty a file and image sharing startup from Egypt has been under attack filaty logofor 3 days and is currently down.


A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. which led to an effort to bring down an Internet site Internet site or service or to prevent it from functioning efficiently temporarily or indefinitely. DDoS differs than Dos Attack that it is carried by too many IPs usually using male-ware like what happened recently Twitter and Facebook.

Untiny attack was Dos which is an easier to deal with than DDoS attacks, as for Filaty I do not have information about what type of DoSS attack they got, their Twitter account mentioned being under Dos/s attack in Arabic in which DoSS and DoS are writing in the same way.

Saleh told ArabCrunch untiny was getting 20 requests per second, the site was under attack for 7 hours and got over 500 thousand requests. He said the site usually gets 20 000 requests per day. Saleh Added that the attackers are using Unity API by sending too many requests to it to unity one url which is this one:

Ahmed Mekkawy the security expert from Egypt wrote here a nice post on ArabCrunch explaining how he managed to survive a DoSS attack.

ArabCrunch condemns� such attacks specially on Arab startups as according to Wikipedia Denial-of-service attacks are considered violations of the IAB’s Internet proper use policy, and also violate the acceptable use policies of virtually all Internet Service Providers. They also commonly constitute violations of the laws of individual nations.

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