Two days ago, we wrote about Fiverr’s decision to remove user listings from its website that were. Today, the decision backfired, and several users told Softpedia that the service suffered a massive six-hour DDoS attack.
The incident took place on the morning of May 27 (European timezones), and the service admitted its problems on its Twitter account. At the time of writing, Fiverr has been back up and functioning normally for more than two hours.
Fiverr’s problems stem from an Incapsula probe that found DDoS-for-hire ads on its marketplace, available for $5.
Incapsula reported the suspicious listings to Fiverr, who investigated the issue and removed the ads. Fiverr first removed all listings advertising blatantly illegal DDoS services, but later also removed the ads offering to “test” a website for DDoS “protection” measures.
As Mikko Hypponen, CRO at Finnish security firm F-Secure, noted on Twitter, it sure “looks like the DDoS services they kicked out from Fiverr are now retaliating.”
Below are a series of tweets from the people who noticed the downtime, Fiverr’s tweets, and an image of the DDoS-for-hire listings that Fiverr removed this week.
Fiverr has been down for 5 hours. Looks like the DDoS services they kicked out from Fiverr are now retaliating?— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko)
And now guess what – Fiverr is down… (Via) — Mikael Pawlo (@mpawlo)
And now Fiverr has been down due to a DDoS— hadihosn (@hadihosn)
Finally. Fiverr getting a taste of being on the receiving end.please take notice!! — 418Sec (@RaZ0R3)
Heads up,is currently down. Our team is on it & will get it up and running ASAP. Appreciate your patience. — Fiverr (@fiverr)
Fiverr is still having technical issues. If you encounter late delivery warnings due to downtime, contact Customer Support. — Fiverr (@fiverr)
Still down: one of our datacenters hosted byis experiencing a massive downage. They are resolving ASAP, keep you posted! — Fiverr (@fiverr)