I didn’t want to start this blog off on an ominous note, but I’m not the one who makes the news.
Yesterday morning, Elance experienced a denial-of-service (DDoS, as it’s sometimes known) attack on their servers. Digital Attack Map states a DDoS attack renders a website unusable by overwhelming it with traffic, which makes information retrieval and publishing a major challenge.
The site stated in an email this is the first attack of its kind to the freelancing giant and worked to assure its freelancers and clients that no sensitive information was compromised.
“We recognize that the outage is highly disruptive and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause,” the email reads. “We are working with the appropriate law enforcement agencies to find and prosecute the criminals responsible for this attack.”
As of this post, Elance released no further information via email.
My primary source of projects so far is Elance, and while it didn’t affect my deadlines or projects with various clients, I should note Elance has contacted clients to make them aware of the site’s continuing issues as they work to solve the problem. Hopefully this keeps my fellow freelancers out of any unearned trouble.
That said, I am still having issues with the site as of this post. Attachments aren’t working within the WorkStream and the job listings seem to be frozen; time-sensitive information (how long ago it was posted, how long the job is open, etc) and the number of proposals don’t appear to have changed.
I’m not saying this is anyone’s fault, save for the attackers themselves. However, I do hope Elance resolves the issues very soon.
Until next week, happy writing!
Does the attack on Elance affect your business? Whether you’re a client, freelancer or outside the site, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!