The Network issues affecting Mibbit which began several hours ago have been largely mitigated. Normal service was resumed around 00.00 GMT this morning across most of the system including the main client, widget.mibbit.com and over 47 connected IRC networks. The remaining networks are expected to be reconnected within the next 4 hours (by approx 13.00 GMT) following work carried out with our US data centre provider Linode.
Mibbit is one of several websites to have been affected. In the past three days two other IRC networks are amongst the sites to have been targeted by DDoS attacks from unknown sources.
The Mibbit servers are installed across two large data centre providers in two continents, our widget service kept going throughout the attack and although service was lost to other IRC networks for a time many of these have been brought back online with us thanks to efforts by our staff, axod and the networks themselves. Despite our DDoS protection and large network access the sustained and high-volume nature of the attack meant that severe measures had to be employed to curtail the issue. As we lift these measures and return the last parts of Mibbit to normal service we will let you know.
If you’ve been affected by this attack please accept our apologies. If you’ve been able to continue connecting to us or have added to your IRC network config to get through this time you have our heartfelt thanks!
We’ll post more information later today to keep you up to date.
PS. if you admin a Mibbit-connected IRC network check here for the latest config info.