LetsUpgrade got hacked!

The EdTech force that drives us to help build a community for you from the best sources.

The community that grows together with and because of you, yes, WE were hacked!

Not once, but THRICE and HERE’S HOW!

DDoS attack

Our servers were down and the anonymous hacker did it! (Well, not every time).

We call it the DDoS attack- “a distributed denial-of-service attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of internet traffic.”

Within an hour, we realized our data was being tossed with and we couldn’t let it happen for long.

Our magnificently dedicated and persevering team took up the unforeseen challenge of not only tracking down the bugs but dismantling them as well!

As long as we don’t meet “the man behind it”, we keep serving you, happily, continuously.

Obscenity

From the last time of hacking that we’d wish (not) but, well…

Not too long ago, our community page was hacked using RPA with repetitive postings of obscene content that our community of 400000+ students had access to. With daily users of (average no), we had to drop our lunch packs and rush to the safety of our students!

After several lines of codes, numerous calls from our team saying “sir, community hack ho gaya”(“sir, the community has been hacked”) and we, replying with “yes, we are on it!”, millions of thoughts gushing with the one “sunday ko hi hona tha ye?” topping and finally our friend, Alexa confirming the thousands of posts deleted, we were to the rescue and we made it!

SQL injection

SQL injection is a web security vulnerability that allows an attacker to interfere with the queries that an application makes to its database. It generally allows an attacker to view data that they are not normally able to retrieve.

When we noticed content and modifications on an extremely large scale, we knew our hacker friends were back for a visit!

Our determined team drove the bug in a record time of an hour with the help of load balancers and well, we are glad to say we’re all up and running now!

Here is a heartfelt short love letter to our hackers!

Dear Hackers,

Hope you are doing good! We “love you” for putting us through the trouble and made us more stronger. But, we are sorry to dissolve all your efforts of causing trouble for us.

Thank you.

Yours lovingly,

LU Team

Well, that’s all folks, at least for now! ;)

We will keep you updated on our team hackathons to make sure you, your data, and your security are our priority!

Always and in many ways.

P.S. We’d like to thank our friends and Rowdies of LetsUpgrade for trusting and encouraging us throughout this journey!

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