When word started spreading that Michael Jackson had died, I remember searching Google for his name and getting back an error page. Apparently so many people searched for him at the same time that Google's computers thought it was a DDoS or similar attack. Here's my question, which has been surprisingly difficult to Google: had this ever happened before, and has it happened since? If so, when and for what event(s)? To be clear, I mean a legitimate worldwide search being improperly seen as an attack (as opposed to Google properly detecting bad guys or Google just plain crashing).
posted by AgentRocket
on Oct 28, 2013 -
My Sysadmin blocks sites that are known targets of DDOS attacks, saying that there's a risk to us as well. I argued that I don't believe that to be so, I don't see how a site being the subject of a DOS attack can possibly harm me becausing I am browsing there. Am I wrong? Can a DDOS attack hurt my computer (or our network) in some way I don't know about?
posted by BlueScreen
on Sep 13, 2005 -
Geek Question: I took a look at my router's firewall. I'm getting a number of DDos attacks. Now, the firewall is acting all nice and blocking it...but, I'm sure this causing a slow down in my surfing/net use, etc.