"The account started tweeting about the attack just before the outage hit, and retweeted responses to the service stoppage as the situation played out. The timestamps correspond roughly to the time between when Tumblr went down initially and when service was fully restored."The group went on to tell Mashable that there was no "sinister motive" behind the DDoS attack and that it was all for "light hearted fun." Eventually, R.I.U. Star Patrol tweeted out a message announcing the end of their campaign. https://twitter.com/StarPatrolling/status/811704005122408448 45 minutes later, at around 18:30 EST, Tumblr gave the all-clear: https://twitter.com/tumblr/status/811713583042166785 As R.I.U. Star Patrol's campaign demonstrates, DDoS groups have no qualm against launching attacks during the holiday season. Not by a long shot. We all remember in 2014 when another group named Lizard Squad took down XBox Live and PlayStation Network on Christmas Day using a campaign of their own. With no time of year off-limits to attackers, it's up to organizations to make sure the proper anti-DDoS mitigation technologies and other protective measures are in place. For a complete overview of how to defend against a DDoS attack, please click here.