DOS attack, again: My host — same host for Instapundit and a lot of weblogs — suffered another DOS attack tonight; that’s why we were all off the air.
Can someone find these people and hurt them? Videotape it. I’ll buy.
Time to find another better protected host methinks. It is bloody annoying I have to agree with you.
It sounds like a concentration of media ownership that needs to be broken up post-haste.
It’s an interesting problem – how to defeat Denial of Service attacks – for which no good solution yet exists. It is not at all the host’s fault – its job, after all, is to serve web pages – and a Denial of Service attack works by making it do that, only more so.
A properly-orchestrated attack will not reveal the perpetrators themselves, but will come, unknown, from a thousand people whose PC’s have been hacked. And though a simplistic attack would flood the site with broken or irregular protocol requests – packets that can be recognized as out-of-the-ordinary and to some extent guarded-against – more sophisticated attacks do not. How can your routers even tell, packet-to-packet, that your site is being attacked? You can look at the logs afterwards, I suppose, but that huge spike could just as easily have been caused by a link from Instapundit.
But more… a denial of service attack does not just attack the server by keeping it continuously busy at maximum capacity. It also attacks [at least] the “last mile” of the network into the server site: it consumes all of the bandwidth coming into- the site, too. Even if the site were able to distinguish honest requests from malevolent requests, the carrier network could not.
Meantime, patience people. Our time will come.
Time to find another better protected host methinks.
A little naive, methinks. Amazon, CNN, etc, etc…all DoS-ed in the past year. Anyone and everyone is a potential target, all you have to do is piss off the wrong script kiddie.
Yeah. What Seki said.
Andrew Dodge: You have got to be kidding! Hosting Matters is one of the best there is. Good luck finding a ‘better protected host’. And yeah, what Sekimori said.
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