What’s happened to Rootsweb?

At about 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS),’ wrote Scott Sorensen, chief technology officer for the site.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2661791/ancestry-com-hit-hackers-site-goes-offline-two-days.html#ixzz35N28c161

As of today, Sunday, June 22, 2014 Ancestry.com and  Find A Grave are again working although they may be slow. Apparently NONE of the websites hosted by RootsWeb/Ancestry are back up. With some of them you will receive the following screen


With some of them including the freepages sites, you get no notice and just the connecting from your web browser. How long will these sites be down? No one seems to know and these sites are evidently low priority to Ancestry.

I am assuming the various mailing lists are also down since there has been no traffic on the ones I am subscribed too.


Hackers can use a network of ‘zombie’ computers to sabotage a specific Web site or server.

The idea is pretty simple — a cracker tells all the computers on his botnet to contact a specific server or Web site repeatedly.

The sudden increase in traffic can cause the site to load very slowly for legitimate users.

Sometimes the traffic is enough to shut the site down completely.


  1. Thanks for the information, I was in a panic as one site I like to use isn’t working and I thought maybe it was offline since sites do close down from time to time. But then I noticed a pattern with other pages, and found your explanation. What a mess, I hope the Rootsweb/freepages get up and running soon!

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