Hackers Attack Extra Life Charity Web Site

The Extra Life charity has begun, but the charity's website has been brought down by hackers launching DDoS attacks.

The Extra Life charity sounded like a great idea.  Gamers would stream themselves playing video games for 25 hours straight, taking donations for children in need of medical care the entire time.  The official charity would be November 2, taking advantage of the extra hour from daylight savings to hit the 25-hour stream time.  While gamers could sign up to do streams whenever was best for them it was understandably a moment many people were waiting for out of a sense of solidarity and unity.

And then the official website for Extra Life went down during the charity streams.

It did not take long for officials at Extra Life to speak out, exposing the site's problems not as technical issues but as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.  The same announcement expressed both dismay and mild disbelief that someone would actually attack a charity.

While the streams hosted directly on the Extra Life website were interrupted, many more were being streamed through other services, allowing the charity itself to continue.  In addition, the event director, Jeromy Adams actually took a very poignant message from the hacker attack, one which speaks for itself.

As frustrating as this is for everyone involved, it pales in comparison to what the kids we’re trying to save go through. That reality, for me personally, is about the only thing keeping me somewhat calm right now.

Published Nov. 3rd 2013
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I just held my head in shame when I read that.
  • TygerWDR
    Featured Contributor
    It actually happened FOUR TIMES in the 24 hours that EL was broadcasting. It was frustrating, but in all honesty we kept at it regardless.

    (Facebook link : http://www.facebook.com/ExtraLife4Kids/posts/10153414386230335 )
    (Twitter post aboud Ddos 4 : http://twitter.com/ExtraLife4Kids/status/396901736012873728 )
  • Wokendreamer
    Featured Columnist
    It actually surprised me to hear Extra Life was being DDoS'd. It is hardly what I would consider a prime target for such attention.

    Good on everyone for keeping things going despite the display of internet ugliness!
  • TygerWDR
    Featured Contributor
    I'm not surprised at all. Second Life has a yearly charity event for American Cancer Society (Relay for Life in SL), and it REGULARLY gets griefed in world year after year. Everything from marching phalluses to mega-prim Hitlers spawning prims (if I'm outgeeking you here, imagine a box that does nothing but spit offensive printer fliers forever)

    It's not without prior history, that's what I'm saying. I'm cynical and jaded enough to not be shocked at any of that. On the internet, where there is no punishment for vandalism, people would take a knife to the Mona Lisa.

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