Despite its web site being the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the folks at the Extra Life charity managed to raise a decent amount of money (with the help of thousands of gamers) over the weekend. The charity sent out multiple emails over the weekend keeping Extra Life members in the loop as the events unfolded.
"We’ve discovered that the Extra Life website experienced a DDoS attack against our datacenter," an email to members read. "I am not sure what kind of person would DDoS a charitable initiative."
"I am so sorry that you are going through this frustration today," the email continued. "Our entire team is purely heartbroken that someone would do this. But it has happened."
Over the weekend the charity would send out three more emails, but it wasn't all bad news.
After its third DDos attack, the group had some good news to report: how much money it had managed to raise on behalf of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
"Three DDoS attacks later and only half way through our 25 hour main event, this incredible community has once again shown its resiliency and perseverance For The Kids. At approximately 8:20pm CST tonight a donation was made that pushed the 2013 Extra Life fundraising total over the $3 Million level!
We’ve been blowing up your email today as we play Whack-A-Mole with the DDoS attackers, but I thought you would want to know."
We expect a total at some point and when we have it, we'll update the story.