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About 30,000 customers of the Cheshire-based ISP Vispa were forced offline for almost 12 hours today by a DDOS attack traced to the Baltic state of Latvia. Broadband service has now been restored, a spokesman said, but customers are unable to call customer service because the firm's phone system was also crippled by the attack …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    A similar thing happened at a well know server hosting provider at approx 1am this morning, wonder if related... Hmm

    At first I thought it was the updates I had just applied that killed the server then realised the host network was dead too.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Err.. what?

    They have everything up - but how does a DDoS attack conveniently take out a phone system after everything else returns.

    Something smells fishy here.. most probably just due to their own incompetence, knowing Vispa.

    1. lpopman

      titular statement

      erm, ever heard of VoIP?

      VoIP servers are a target for DDoS too, you know......

  3. Pax

    Vispa problems.....

    Seems the company is a little more coy about the problem(s)

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    misija pabeigts


    1. Jaggies


      @ sveiki,

      > misija pabeigts

      That's easy for you to say...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      DDOS er??

      This posting seems to be taking credit for the attack, it translates as

      "Hello, mission completed" in Latvian.

  5. DavidK

    In Soviet Russia

    DDOS launches YOU!!!

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    @ Pax

    That was an early posting, before they managed to get staff onsite and realise that it was a DDOS attack; if you bothered to check the forums you would have seen another posting explaining the outage as a DDOS attack that was posted a short while afterwards.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    blame the commies :)

    I would suspect it was a failed upgrade, but who would we have to blame if not those no good former commies ...

  8. Anonymous Coward

    The answer for first AC posting

    The staff were working remotely from home due to the bad weather; calls were being diverted via VOIP to the staff; when the system went down, the VOIP system couldn't work either.

    Why the VOIP still isn't working, I do not know, do you?

    I am guessing from the comment at the end, that you are the same tw@t who went posting around the net yesterday, that Vispa had gone bust.

    No, I am not a Vispa employee, but I have used there service happily for a number of years; and have found their customer service far, FAR better than any major ISP I have had the misfortune to sign up with in the past.

  9. Mos Eisley Spaceport

    Vispa - Vista

    What's the difference?

  10. Hckr

    This is what you get...

    ... when hiring stupid shitheads.

    Hire some latvian admins and some DDOS attack won't be a problem.

    1. Anonymous Coward


      A post so full of naivety that it's almost endearing. Almost - the end result is actually pathetic.

  11. Lord Lien
    Paris Hilton

    @ Hckr

    Even Latvian admins can be "shiteheads". The problem is not the country you come from....... A crap admin is a crap admin. Geographical location has nothing to do with it.

    Paris because even she knows that you get what you pay for...... ISP's might take note :)

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