On 2019/01/07 20:30 UTC, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack degraded service for one of our global packet gateway providers’ data centers. This saturation of traffic caused elevated packet loss rates which degraded service for certain Hologram customers. The outage was resolved by the upstream provider and service was restored to full operation as of 2019/01/08 03:00 UTC.
CAUSE OF FAILURE
The DDoS attack began 2019/01/07 20:30 UTC at one of our global packet gateway providers’ data centers that saturated traffic between a core network switch and firewall. Packet loss was observed to spike up to >80% during the attack. Due to the failure being tied to specific IP addresses and not individual systems or hardware, redundant systems configured to otherwise failover were insufficient to address the root cause (an external attack, not an internal failure).
RESOLUTION AND RECOVERY
Reports of degraded service were escalated to Hologram engineering team and initial investigation of network health indicated that there was elevated packet loss for certain network nodes. Upstream providers were notified, resolution efforts were coordinated, and Hologram Status Page incident was updated. Upstream provider identified the DDoS attack at a firewall and gateway site, and restored data service as of 2019/01/08 03:00 UTC by diverting affected sessions and connections away from the targeted IP addresses and onto a different site. After internal monitoring systems and tests were confirmed as clear, Hologram team then confirmed normal system performance before clearing incident status as Resolved.