20 Jun 2014

DDoS Attack Shuts Down Code Spaces

Code Spaces closed after a 12-hour DDoS attack and extortion attempt, the Code-hosting service said on its website.

It seems an unauthorized person gained access to Code Spaces' Amazon EC2 control panel and asked to be contacted by the company. The hacker requested a large sum of money to restore the site and, when the company tried to regain control and change passwords, he started deleting crucial backup files.

“Most of our data, backups, machine configurations and offsite backups were either partially or completely deleted,” the company said. “All that we can say at this point is how sorry we are to both our customers and to the people who make a living at Code Spaces for the chain of events that lead us here.”

The event is the latest in a series of security breaches that have left genealogy site ancestry.com, web clipping service Feedly and online notes app Evernote unavailable for hours.