There’s a special place in Hell reserved for the jerk-offs who will bring down a charity website.
Extra-Life.org, in their sixth year of marathon gaming fundraising, were the victims of several DDoS attacks that brought their website to its knees on several occasions on Saturday, November 2. The marathon drive challenges gamers to play for a cause and drum up sponsorship donations from friends and family, all to go to the worthy cause of the Children’s Miracle Network, which helps fund children’s hospitals across the nation.
But as gamers sat down at their PCs, consoles and tabletops to game for 25 straight hours, hackers repeated attacks crippled the Extra-Life page several times, frustrating organizers and supporters.
“I am so sorry that you are going through this frustration today,” Extra-Life founder and director Jeromy Adams wrote in a statement. “Our entire team is purely heartbroken that someone would do this. But it has happened. As frustrating as this is for everyone involved, it pales in comparison to what the kids we’re trying to save go through. That reality, for me personally, is about the only thing keeping me somewhat calm right now.”
But Adams and his staff would not let the attacks stray them from their goal. The team at Extra-Life did a phenomenal job at combating the repeated attacks and finding a way to keep the big picture in focus. “As frustrating as this is for everyone involved, it pales in comparison to what the kids we’re trying to save go through. That reality, for me personally, is about the only thing keeping me somewhat calm right now,” Adams continued.
Despite the repeated attacks, organizers acknowledged four attacks on their website, the fundraising drive was still able to amass an impressive $3.6 million. I love the fact that Extra-Life shook off the adversity and found a way to keep pushing, it takes phenomenal dedication and props to Adams and his team for an amazing weekend. Extra-Life will forever have my respect and adoration.