What We Did Without Twitter and Facebook...
Yesterday, two of the most popular internet behemoths - Twitter and Facebook - went down as the result of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. It's not uncommon by any means, and isn't overly malicious since personal information like credit card or social security numbers aren't being stolen, or anything along those lines. Rather, the websites are simply bombarded with page hits and the servers can't handle the upsurge in traffic.
As Wired describes, the DDoS attacks were "carried out using a zombie army of infected Windows computers known as a botnet, where the controller tells the infected computers what site to bombard with requests".
The only thing new about this was the popularity of the two targeted sites. While WhiteHouse.gov might experience these attacks pretty often, yesterday was the first encounter many ordinary people may have had with the frustration that a DDoS attack brings.
So what did we all do without Twitter and Facebook for the day? Here's a list in the Metro I came across while drinking my morning coffee...
- Awkwardly refused the friendship of an acquaintance in person.
- Thought outside the box and write a daring 145 characters.
- Called CNN's Rick Sanchez constantly to weigh in on health care and Sotomayor.
- Discovered a long, hard, and forgotten object in our pants. Turned out it was a pencil.
- Googled the term "narcissism".