The “heavy” DDoS attack on GiveSendGo took place when the platform started collecting donations for Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign.
GoFundMe’s rival GiveSendGo claims it was a victim of “heavy DDoS and bot attacks” on Friday, leading to server downtime as soon as the site started raising cash for the Canadian trucker convoy. According to the website despite technical glitches, the Christian fundraising platform raised more than $1.35 million within 12 hours.
It is worth noting that the Freedom Convoy 2022 campaign is seeking to raise $16 million. As per a video message from campaign organizer Tamara Lich, the convoy aims to be “here for the long haul, as long as it takes to make sure your rights and freedom are restored.”
GiveSendGo started raising funds for Freedom Convoy’s truckers protesting against COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandates after GoFundMe froze the convoy’s account having $10 million in donations.
However, the website claims that it experienced unexpected downtime when it began raising funds. The site went offline erratically after relaunching the campaign on Friday. But, the website tweeted, it could still raise funds for the campaign five times faster than its competitor GoFundMe.
“We have been under heavy DDOS and bot attacks. In spite of all of this, we still have managed to raise funds 5X faster than the gfm did. GFM raised 10mil in 3 weeks. GSG campaign has already raised over 1.1mil in just over 12 hours!”
As per the convoy’s campaign page, donations will first go to the fuel cost and then to food and lodging while a crew of volunteers has carried jerry-cans of fuel to the truckers as they need to keep their trucks mobile even if the convoy isn’t moving.
Rumble Offered Help
Rumble is a popular alternative video platform based in Canada. The platform has offered GiveSendGo technical help after learning about the incident. The company took to Twitter to inform GiveSendGo about the offer.
GiveSendGo responded quickly with the message: “Hey rumble, sent you a message!” Rumble also posted a reply to GiveSendGo that read: “Message received! We are now in direct contact with GiveSendGo #teamwork#Freedom.”
At the time of writing, GiveSendGo’s website was online.