"Several renowned white-hat hacker security sites have been hit during the past few days with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Immunity, Milw0rm, and Packet Storm were in the clear as of this posting, but attackers were still hammering away at Metasploit.
The attackers behind the DDoS -- which began on Feb. 6 and continued through the weekend on most of the sites -- deployed a massive botnet of some 80,000 zombies to flood the sites' domains with HTTP requests, according to Cisco researchers.
HD Moore, creator of Metasploit, says the DDoS' incoming connection rate exceeded 15 Mbps and used SYN packets. He has temporarily rerouted Metasploit's traffic here while he continues to gather more data on the attack as well as the culprit.
"It's the same flood, same request, etc., as the one on Friday," Moore says. The attack on Metasploit started with around 80,000 connections per second, and was at around 10,000 connections per second last night before rising again to around 60,000 later in the evening, he says."