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Victim of Attacks ƉogeAPI Gives Up

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Just a few days ago Coin Fire was suffering a massive DDOS attack from an attacker who demanded 5 BTC be sent over to the attacker or else the attack would continue and in the last two days we’ve received other reports from various sites across the Internet who have been met with the same demands.

All of them related to cryptocurrency and all of them under sustained and massive DDOS attacks that even CloudFlare seems to have trouble stopping.

Today ƉogeAPI who has been suffering constant attacks against the site threw in the towel posting the following on the website:

ƉogeAPI Is Shutting Down
Someone was attacking the site, which lead to a technical error that caused our wallet to become corrupt, then overwritten. They never got access to the server, it was basically a DDOS. We have some of the coin in cold storage and have backups of the wallet. We have recovered the overwritten file and extracted the private keys, recovering pretty much all of the coin in that wallet.

We haven’t had the resources to properly take care of DogeAPI for a while now. We haven’t made any money running it. With the constant attacks and problems that come with running a site like this one we can’t just let it be without actively working on it and defending it. So we are shutting it down. The service will not come back online. Users of the site will get an email within the next week detailing how to withdraw their doge.

We could resume the service and put the site back up. But we feel it is only a matter of time before a bug or hacker causes a problem we cannot fix and our users lose their doge. This is the last thing we want to happen, so in the best interest of everyone involved, we are calling it quits.

We will probably release a simplified version of the site open source so that the community can run their own APIs. We love the dogecoin community and we are sorry to all of those who built services on our API.

Do not send doge to any addresses hosted by DogeAPI. You will probably not be able to recover any funds sent after the downtime began.

We hope you understand,

The DogeAPI Team

We’ve also received reports that Great Big Bit was also suffering a similar DDOS attack with the attacker demanding bitcoins to make the attack stop. We will be speaking with the developers of that site in the near future about the attack in a future piece.

If you are operating a cryptocurrency related site, service or product take the advice of our own Mike:

We refuse to pay these blackmail demands and encourage others who receive the same demands to not give in as well. Giving in just empowers these assholes to keep doing this to you or to others because they profit from it.

Coin Fire is a cryptocurrency news site started on June 6th of 2014. The site focused on hard-hitting investigative stories. Coin Fire was acquired by 99Bitcoins on October 2015.

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