BREAKING: While Still Under DDoS Attack, is Back to Serve the Community, Thanks to Spirula Systems

19 Apr, 2010

We have a noble mission at ArabCrunch which is to help enable a technology revoluation in the Arab, Muslim and emerging world. But it seems some people do not like us to the level that made them launch a brutal DDoS attack since last thursday night on this blog, forcing us to shut down for around 4 days.

DDoS attacks are attempts to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users by flooding it with fake requests making website unavailable to legitimate traffic. DDoS attacks are one of the most dangers online attacks as they shut down mega sites such as Twitter and made facebook unstable.

The type of DDoS attacked us, was using geographically distributed bots on infected Microsoft Windows computers that try to hit our homepage with as much simultaneous requests as they can, these infected computers computers by viruses or worms that are controlled by one unknown master, who can’t be traceable due to the type of attackers.

The attacks costed  ArabCrunch some losses, we lost visits for 4 days, diverted our resources from producing usefull and innovative great apps on to help empower the startup and tech community, cost us money and made us along with a number of friends stay awake with little sleep for a number of days.

Friends and fans of ArabCrunch rushed to help starting with Mahoumd Mehyer from Feedoor, a ninja system admin who decided not to disclose his name spent the whole night at my house trying to block the attackers and our friends at Alexandria Egypt based startup Spirula Systems lead by the security expert Ahmed Mekkawy. ( Who wrote last year on ArabCrunch a great post in how he managed to defend against DDoS attacks.)

However until Saturday night all efforts where useless so Ahmed suggested we move to a server from our current VPS so we better manage to deal with the attacks. And Yes , thanks first to God Almighty then to Spirula systems who managed to deal with the attacks and make our site available along with a help from our senior engineer Zakwan HajjarMahmood Mehyar and Humam Alhawasly from Syria: Since around 2 hours ago back even though we are still while under attack but a live and here to serve you continuing our mission to empower Arab startups and tech innovators towards the ultimate goal.

Again I would like to thank Spirtual systems for their great lead efforts as they are the one who actually managed to block the attack,  Mahmood Mehyar and feedoor, The undercover Ninja, Zakwan, and everyone who helped in one way or another via advice or via expressing their concern starting from Geeks from Egypt, Syria, UAE, Jordan and USA. is still under attack so hang on there if we face any difficulties the attacker might be using new methods to readopt with Ahmed’s defense techniques, but by the well of God we will stay here to serve you.

Update: I forgot to say that at the same time the attack was launched on ArabCrunch, our friends at SalamBC the muslim business social network, were also under attack.

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  1. Feras Alnatsheh  |  April 19th, 2010 at 6:52 PM #

    ArabCrunch is amazing website that support innovation and start up not only in the middle east reign but around the world . and every one who try to block ArabCrunch is enemy to a bright Tech future .

    i would like to thanks all who contribute to make AC be available online.


  2. Ahmed Mekkawy  |  April 19th, 2010 at 6:52 PM #

    Congratulations for coming online again. We hope you always stay shining on the web 🙂

    Here’s the announcement on our website:

  3. Gaith Saqer  |  April 19th, 2010 at 6:59 PM #

    thank you Feras for you continues support, Ahmed it is my honor working with you again, our friendship which started 2 years ago will stay forever inshallah

  4. Gaith Saqer  |  April 19th, 2010 at 7:00 PM #

    and again Ahmed thank you and thank you Spirula

  5. Ahmed Mekkawy  |  April 19th, 2010 at 7:04 PM #

    Thanks to you Gaith for letting me help you in this .. it’s always my pleasure to help ArabCrunch 🙂

  6. Bahaa Elsayed Salama  |  April 19th, 2010 at 8:50 PM #

    Thank you Gaith for giving us ArabCrunch. and thanks to SpirulaSystems and it’s professional engineer “Ahmed Mekawwy” , I hope you all the best.

  7. Omar Aloyoun  |  April 19th, 2010 at 8:58 PM #

    What the DDoS attackers have missed is that their attack has increased the popularity of ArabCrunch Network.
    It is hard to say THANK YOU for such a crime, but thanks for the FREE buzz 🙂
    Now, Arabcrunch network becomes more persistent and has a more solid and loyal customer-base then ever.

  8. Omar Aloyoun  |  April 19th, 2010 at 9:05 PM #

    Of course, The time-sensitive startups has came after announcing and adding up these milestones for ArabCrunch:

    ArabCrunch is ranked #6 Worldwide in innovation
    #8 in e-Commerce
    #11 in Startups Category
    and #1 in the Arab world 🙂

  9. Mahmoud Mehyar  |  April 19th, 2010 at 9:42 PM #

    Congratulations guys

    There is always a wisdom of everything happened in your life, even if it’s bad, and as they say “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”. Yes this attack was “and still” cruel but it definitely makes Arabcrunch stronger, so let’s be positive and look to the bright sight of this incident. For Arabcrunch this means success, because people tend to attack successful people.

    As personal experience, I’ve learned that we have great talents, unfortunately many not aware of that, and here comes again Arabcrunch’s part to show the rest of us how much talent we have.

    Now I want to add my voice to Gaith’s and thank every one helped Arabcrunch, that was by effort or by spirit, I want to thank Undercover Ninja or as I like to call him “System Ninja” who jumped in from day one trying to fix the already dying server, did unbelievable things to save the poor exhausted server but god’s well is above all even a skillful doctor “Ninja”, so we called it’s death 🙁 second day a new comer who evaluated things and made new decisions, please meet Ahmed Mekkawy AKA “linuxawy” from Spirula Systems, he took the new born on his shoulders and built a complex breed of babies to grow strong in the face of those attackers, I liked his phrase “let them come to me, I’ll handle these guys” isn’t he one confident guy? he did a great job I really couldn’t follow his steps, well he’s good.

    The truth, I didn’t feel worry after that because I knew it’s in the hands of the best, Zakwan from Arabcrunch team and his friend Humam Alhawasly who was part of the final delivery of the new baby stepped in while I was sleeping 🙂

    Thank you guys for letting me be a student of this great process and thank you for being good teachers.

  10. Sam  |  April 19th, 2010 at 10:40 PM #

    Congrats guys,

    I’m sure we can predict/guess what the motives behind these attacks are, Theres active internet warfare these days!

  11. fatin khwarizmi  |  April 19th, 2010 at 11:44 PM #

    after a busy day today the best thing consoled me & makes me happy when i typed my favorite link: & it was responding !!! i shout out like a kid that everybody came running toward me! my family & i, wish for everybody, hardly working for the seek of Arabic minds & Arabic innovators, here in Arabcrunch the best wishes, ever and ever !!!

  12. Mohammad Eshbeata  |  April 20th, 2010 at 1:54 AM #

    we are happy to hear that .. and hope this will be a lesson that we all learn from
    and you also learn more security techniques
    and to learn that Arabcrunch was attacked for a lot of reason
    and the best one is that Arabcrunch is surely a Success Arab Story
    we are proud of you

    Best Regards

  13. Hiconomics  |  April 20th, 2010 at 3:25 AM #

    Good to see you back online, well done on dealing with this DDOS attack!

  14. Ashraf Mansoor  |  April 20th, 2010 at 5:19 AM #

    7amdella 3ala al salam bro 🙂

  15. Gaith Saqer  |  April 20th, 2010 at 2:48 PM #

    @mahoumd your comment is like a poet i enjoyed reading it :), what you guys did will stay as one of my best memories in my life time, It was a great experience i really enjoyed it, i enjoyed defeating terrorists hackers who wish harm to the Arab tech Industry, to Arab and Muslim geeks to International geeks, to freedom to innovate to freedom of speech and to ArabCrunch. As for the ninja i collapsed to bed and he kept working, Thank you system Ninja.

    and thank you Spirula Systems, I was very happy that Arab/Muslim engineering brains solved it. it is a proof that our geeks are world-class.

    @sam Internet warfare? please update us with any info.

    @fatin ArabCrunch is so fortunate to have someone who is passionate about us and what we do, you are the #1 ArabCrunch loyal fan, thank you so much sister and God bless.

    @Mohammad Thank so much ArabCrunch is proud of users like you too, please keep your engagement with our posts your comments provide insightful opinion.

    @Hiconomics welcome

    @ashrad thank you bro any update with your startup?

  16. Nader  |  April 20th, 2010 at 9:20 PM #

    Am happy, seeing you guys coming back online.
    I guess you should know that what happened just proves, ArabCrunch’s success.
    Good Luck.

  17. Mo  |  April 21st, 2010 at 12:15 PM #

    We support you !

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