Internet apocalypse? In the next bag o' chips

Sam Biddle writes that this week's epic, internet-shaking DDOS was a lie. Spamhaus was indeed under a record-size denial-of-service attack, but the protection company it hired, Cloudflare, turns out to be the only source of the bigger story that went with it: that the internet at large was significantly affected.


  1. I am suspicious, and was prior to this post, about the actual impact of the reported DDOS. I stream pretty much all of my entertainment from a number of servers and my ability to buffer quickly is the most visible indicator of some massive issue (in the past I’ve had issues, then go on to read of a fiber trunk being severed, or a DDOS, etc) or simply high-traffic days, like weekends. Despite it being spring-break for many people (thus weekend-like demand) I haven’t had any issues streaming lately.

  2. The thing that probably made it most credible is that if you suggest to anyone that there’s been an ongoing internet-wide attack slowing down the web lately, probably 90% of people would say “why yes, I think the web has been quite slow today.”

    It’s probably some variation of those personality statements that everyone agrees with. “Why yes, I do often feel like people don’t understand me. How did you know?”

      1. go to my fast pc’s website to download their free* software!

        *Does not actually do anything you couldn’t do yourself and is liable to introduce malware to bring your pc into their botnet.

    1. I am often convinced that my connection is much slower than usual some days, but when I actually measure it the feeling turns out to be wrong the vast majority of the time. I suspect the difference is in me–my patience level or the like. But I do know that my perception of the “speed of the internet today” is not a good measure of any actual throughput. I also suspect this is true for most people. 

  3. I was noticing a slowdown at certain internet sites right around the time the DDOS was happening.  I even mentioned it to my IT guy at work.  This was before I read the stories.
    While I don’t have proof this was related, it seems coincidental.
    It really sucks when your favorite porn site isn’t…ahem…responding.

  4. Stuff like this is great fodder for people who’d like to see more laws regulating the net.  

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