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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS - The Atlantic Highlands Herald, the nation's first online newspaper, was knocked offline last week, the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack.
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.
"I am seeing excessive processes being created for your sites. These are filling up the FastCGI process slots, preventing new connections and causing new requests to time out," said Ron Helms in an email. Helms is a specialist with GreenGeeks, the Herald's green energy web hosting company in California.
The Herald has made several adjustments to the service to help protect it. We will continue to make adjustments to the website in the days ahead to improve physical performance and security.
I appreciate all the kind comments and supportive email the Herald received from our readers and sponsors. We thank you for your patience.
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