Extra Life, the charity for gamers to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, has experienced several distributed denial of service attacks today. These DDOS attacks made the Extra Life website inaccessible for much of the day, and made it impossible for donors to pledge additional money. Since today is the culmination of the charity, the primary day for gamers to play and earn their pledges, these attacks were especially disheartening.
Initially, the reason for the website being down was unknown. In an email sent out about 12:30pm EST, Mike Kinney from Extra Life said their IT department was on the case. About three hours later, Jeromy "Doc" Adams sent another email announcing the DDOS attack. After battling back from the initial attack, the Extra Life website has been hit by at least two additional attacks this evening.
At press time, the Extra Life website is up and running, and the charity has passed the $3 million mark, making this year the biggest year so far for the charity. Extra Life encourages gamers to play any type of game they want to earn their pledges, ranging from MMORPGs to Facebook games to board games.