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Russia launches DDoS attack on Ustream

The Ustream.tv was mostly inaccessible Wednesday morning, May 9, 2012 due to large scale Distributed Denial of Service ("DDoS") attacks from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Iran targeting a Russian citizen journalists broadcasting on Ustream. Ustream Techs worked throughout the day to mitigate the evolving attacks.

In a forum post, a Ustream staff member stated, "we're very sorry, but Ustream is inaccessible due to a large scale DDOS attack targeting Russian opposition channels. We're working hard to try to find a solution so that broadcasts can continue un-interrupted. Thanks for your patience."

We'll continue to update this post as soon as more information becomes available.

UPDATES:

  • May 09, 2012 12:27PM EDT (UTC-4): Brad Hunstable, Ustream CEO, sent the following message to all users:

    Ustream is experiencing a complex, large scale denial of service attack from around the world- specifically targeting Russian citizen journalist Ustream channels. This is the third DDOS attack in the last six months specifically targeting Russian citizen journalists on Ustream.

    We are aggressively working to counter these attacks and sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. Our users are incredibly important to us and we will keep you updated as services come back online.

  • May 09, 2012 01:45PM EDT (UTC-4): Ustream services are almost 100% back up and running.
  • May 09, 2012 10:02PM EDT (UTC-4): In a phone interview, Brad Hunstable, Ustream CEO, told CNET, "We are 100 percent confident that they were targeting a specific channel on Ustream of a Russian citizen journalist. This is the third time in the last six months that a specific Russian citizen journalist was directly targeted through this complex and highly adaptive attack. We get DDoS attacks all the time and we fight them off. It's not a big deal. But this is adaptive beyond anything we've seen."

    Hunstable also added, "What we saw today were systematic attempts, method after method, up to seven methods...We are in contact with many of the government agencies across the world. Ustream is back up and running and we put the Russian protests back up on our front page. This is about Internet freedom and our mission is to allow people to do this and we're not going to stop until we do."

  • May 10, 2012 01:08PM EDT (UTC-4): Wednesday evening Ustream launched Ustream Russia, a Russian version of Ustream which can be accessed by selecting it in the, "Choose a language" dropbox at the bottom of each page on Ustream. Brad Hunstable, Ustream CEO stated, "We didn’t say anything first two times, but now we’re acting out of a show of solidarity."

    "We’re going to huddle up late tonight and take a step back and figure out what we can do differently,” Hunstable said. “I told my guys, I want us to roll out a Russian Ustream tomorrow.”

New Ustream User Profile Pages Launched

Ustream upgraded all User Profile Pages to a new design which better displays your activity stream and allows you to add some additional information you'd like to share about yourself.

If you broadcast on Ustream, information on your channels and upcoming events will also be displayed on your profile.

New Recorded Video Storage Limits Announced

On February 9, 2012, Ustream announced new recorded video storage limits on free and Pro Broadcasting Ustream accounts.

Ustream stated they had to enact these limits to control increasing storage costs so they can continue to provide the free services and continue to provide Pro Broadcasting services at affordable price points to Professional Broadcasters.

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