A DDOS Attack only takes a handful of people to accomplish, or if you have your own computer lab at your disposal........
However such things can land you in jail, as we previously saw with several users who were caught participating in the attacks started by the activist group "Anonymous Operation-payback"
And I was monitoring the chat activity from that group, on November 5th, approximately midnight my time for about 3 hours, Aeria experienced a DDOS attack.....either "side-traffic" on the networks from a launched attack by the group OP (as one was called out at approximately that same hour against Warner Brothers Studios and VISA; WB being in the same network region of the US)......or if someone initiated a direct assault on AG&E's servers (that I am not sure of)......
However, I have noticed in the course of 3 years AG&E has experienced DDOS attacks on November the 5th, of each year, resulting in at minimum 3-5 hours downtime.
..Such things are illegal in the US under Cyber Terrorism laws
However never to fear, although such instances, including account database hacking have occurred in the past, AG&E made very swift calculated movements to strengthen our security here in the community, and I have every bit of faith in their protection over us all.
Are we immune to cyber attacks? Certainly not, no system really is, but we are definitely in safe well capable hands, and I hold no skepticism in AG&E Resolve.