For several hours this afternoon, many users experienced issues connecting to various services hosted by UWITC.
As you may have heard, the UWITC was rendered unreachable by a Denial-of-Service (DOS) attack against one of the web's largest service providers - GoDaddy.com. Although the UWITC was up and running the entire time, breaks in the strands of the world wide web prevented some of you from communicating with us and for that, we are sorry.
To read more about this attack you can visit:
In a nutshell, when you type "https://citrix.uwitc.org" into a web browser, your computer must contact a DNS provider to translate those words into a number that a computer can understand - much like contacting a telephone operator with a name to get a telephone number. The computers that do that for the UWITC (and several million sites around the world including many of you) are owned and operated by GoDaddy.
When the hacker group Anonymous flooded GoDaddy's servers with bogus traffic, GoDaddy got overwhelmed and couldn't respond to all of the requests they were receiving, crowding out legitimate requests, preventing people from reaching where they wanted to go.
DID THE UWITC GO DOWN?At no time was the UWITC offline nor were any of our services down. Our services, like those of 4 million other sites, were unreachable on the internet due to an attack against GoDaddy.com. However, anyone who had an application open in Citrix continued to work without a problem all day.DID HACKERS ATTACK THE UWITC?The UWITC's security systems stop dozens of hacking attempts every week; however, this attack was not against UWITC but was against GoDaddy.com.WAS ANY OF MY DATA IN JEOPARDY OR COMPROMISED?The attack wasn't against any system owned or operated by the UWITC. No data was breached or in danger at any time.