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The public-facing website for the UK's National Crime Agency has wobbled today under a Distributed Denial of Service Attack. The NCA – dubbed Britain's FBI – told The Register its site was "an attractive target" and that "attacks on it are a fact of life." A spokesperson dismissed the skiddies' tool of choice, and branded …

  1. You aint sin me, roit Silver badge
    FAIL

    Haven't they just been given oodles of cash to protect us agains this kind of thing?

    Why boast about our cyber warfare readiness if a DDoS attack can take down their website? It might be a minor inconvenience for their site to be down for 30 minutes... that kind of outage could be critical for someone else.

    1. djack

      Re: Haven't they just been given oodles of cash to protect us agains this kind of thing?

      Because their website has zero operational impact and pretty much zero value to them.

      Unlike most businesses, no-one is going to use their website in an attempt to use their services. The site is totally distant from their operational networks, it is pretty much a place to put out press releases and PR material.

      Given that an outage has no impact, there is no ROI on spending thousands on DDos protection - money that could be far better used doing what they are meant to be doing.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        00dles of cash to protect us against this kind of thing, or to tame and train in this kind of thing?

        Unlike most businesses, no-one is going to use their website in an attempt to use their services. The site is totally distant from their operational networks, it is pretty much a place to put out press releases and PR material. .... djack

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      2. Dom De Vitto

        Re: Haven't they just been given oodles of cash to protect us agains this kind of thing?

        If it has no value, it should be shut down....

        BRAND damage here is the cost - especially for a new organisation that is trying to gain respect.

        They should have just stuck the site on a CDN & forgotten about it, like Krebs did....

  2. Mark 110

    Brochureware

    Just been and had a look. Brochureware site thats not worth spending oodles of taxpayers cash defending. I agree with them.

    If it was me I would be thinking 24 hour RTO as an SLA with the providers.

  3. MrDamage

    offtopic

    I honestly didn't mind the smallish ads at the top of the article when browsing the mobile site, but now they've bloated out to double size.

    Appropriately, it was for Microsoft, so that bloat is to be expected.

  4. Captain DaFt

    History says wait two years

    As that's how long it usually takes corporations that've been DDoSed to admit that they were hacked under cover of the "chaff barrage". (Hi Sony!)

    "At worst it is a temporary inconvenience to users of our website,"

    No, that's the best case scenario. Somebody'd better be checking system logs very closely right now. Odds are someone got in, and if they were clever, used the website as a door to "secure" servers.

    1. Anonymous Coward Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: History says wait two years

      As the website is completely separate from anything operational, they would have exactly the same leverage from that server as they would have from any other server. So why bother with a high profile site when there's a bazillion wordpress sites out there that they could easily hack to get the same access?

      1. tiggity Silver badge

        Re: History says wait two years

        "As the website is completely separate from anything operational"

        Is it, says who?

        So how is website updated, does someone put changes on a USB stick and gain physical access to the server and transfer stuff?

        Even if it is totally air-gapped, there may be clues to be had, even if its just usernames / passwords / encryption keys, metadata in word documents etc on the servers hacked into.

        Any and all information can be useful.

        1. Loud Speaker

          Re: History says wait two years

          It is a part of the government. Most likely running on a 486, and they install the updates using 5 1/4" floppies.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is not a problem for us. Not at all.

    In fact, we now know who they are, so that's good. Very good.

    Our public web site has served us well.

  6. ChOCi

    A "honey pot" perhaps?

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