The Meetup website is suffering massive DDOS attacks since 27 February. According to their Twitter account:
Meetup Support @meetup_support Feb 27
Meetup is down for the moment. Our team is working on fixing it right now. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Meetup @Meetup Feb 27
Meetup is currently under DDoS attack. Our services may be up/down intermittently as we seek to restore full functionality.
Since 27 February, the website is attacked daily and it’s services are not available for users from some parts of the world. In Europe for example, even if the index page is working, when you try to access a group’s page, you receive the bellow message:
The funny thing is that, on 27 February, the co-funder and CEO of Meetup, Scott Heiferman, received an email sent from the possible attacker. The attacker was requesting $300 USD in order to stop the DDOS attack.
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Subject: DDoS attack, warning
A competitor asked me to perform a DDoS attack on your website. I can stop the attack for $300 USD. Let me know if you are interested in my offer.
Even if the requested price was “ridiculously small” (according to Scott Heiferman), the company decided not to cooperate with hackers and cyber criminals. For this reason, the company is struggling to stop the DDOS attack.
Their latest tweet is saying that some of it’s users still can’t access the website, but they hope that soon, everything will come to normal.
Meetup @Meetup 3h
We know some still can’t access. Team hard at work to restore all service. Look for updates here throughout the day for your FAQs (2/2)