The GSSA website was been down for most of the weekend. On Saturday morning the server on which the site is hosted, was hit by a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), which affected access until today (Monday, 30 May 2018). Data security was not compromised during the event.
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.
Attackers build networks of infected computers, known as ‘botnets’, by spreading malicious software through emails, websites and social media. Once infected, these machines can be controlled remotely, without their owners’ knowledge, and used like an army to launch an attack against any target. Some botnets are millions of machines strong.
READ MORE: https://www.digitalattackmap.com/understanding-ddos/
The reasons for these attacks vary – here are some possible motives: