Yesterday several internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa were hit by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which crippled the connections of their customers.

The effects of this were felt around 15:00 and continued through much of the day. The ISPs went to fix the problem with Webafrica, for example, stating that traffic had returned to normal at 22:20, and the attack had been mitigated further by the work of engineers at 00:10.

Unfortunately a new wave of DDoS attacks have taken place this morning, once again bringing the internet to a standstill for many South Africans as international sites fail to load.

All three of the aforementioned ISPs have issued a new network update at just after 08:00, which you can read below. Click on the name of the ISP to be taken to their respective network status pages, which is the best place to stay up-to-date on the situation.

If you are affected by these attacks you can do something right now while you wait for your service provider to act. A virtual private network (VPN) will allow you to get around the problem for now, which is what we’ve been doing to stay online.

Axxess, posted at 08:11:

“Intermittent connectivity on Axxess network. Please note users on the Axxess network might experience intermittent connectivity issues. Our network team is investigating with urgency. We hope to resolve the issue soonest. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Afrihost, posted at 08:06:

“High impact. Please note users on the Afrihost network will experience intermittent connectivity. Our engineers are looking into the matter with urgency! We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Webafrica, posted at 08:09: 

“Service Interruption: Slow Speeds. Another DDoS attack has been discovered and is being investigated. We apologise for the inconvenience and we promise to keep you posted with any updates from our infrastructure providers.”

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