Dude, Where’s My Blog?

20Apr07

It was Wednesday night. The summer rains accompanied by lightning and thunder were playing their music outside, while I tried to login into desicritics. I called up Aaman when I realized I couldn’t login. “Some server issue, Phillip’s on it”, he told me. Twelve hours later – a chill running down our spine – we realized, the site is being subjected to a Denial of Service attack thereby bringing it to a screeching halt.

In the technology parlance, a Denial of Service (DoS) attack is,

…an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to, motives for and targets of a DoS attack varies, it generally comprises the concerted, malevolent efforts of a person or persons to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely. (Source: Wikipedia)

Desicritics was shelled. The server was pounded by over 300 attacks per second, over the period of a day, effectively blocking out any legitimate attempt to open the site or any of its pages. Even as the servers began suffocating by the intensity of the shelling, the people behind the scenes worked overnight to keep the site from being grounded altogether.

The origins of the attacks seemed to be spread across the globe and that made it even more difficult to wade them off. After a day long struggle, the nice people finally held their nerve. The baby is alive and kicking, and raring to go. The thought that there was every chance we could have actually lost everything is scary. Even scarier is the thought that this may not have been a random, but a targeted attack. I hope to be wrong.

It’s hard to fathom how anyone would have compromised the security and gained access to the server. That is, unless someone had a bunch of notoriously sophisticated techies spread across the globe, who could spend some strenuous hours exercising a few million neurons of their brain and work in a disciplined unison to attack their unsuspecting victim. But even if they do, what could have been the motive?

Desicritics is a site of public opinions. And whatever news and opinions are being spoken about is just another opinion of a section of the public – and the public has every right to speak its mind – and not different from what might have been told in various other forms of mainstream and alternate media. There are heated, but constructive discussions. And I’m unable to imagine any rational reason why we should be a victim of such a frustrated frenzy.

Was it just an extreme random instance of the ever increasing cyber nuisances (like how our inboxes get flooded with tons of spam everyday), or was it a premeditated, highly organized instance of cyber terrorism? It’s impossible to tell.

Price of public opinions, huh? Then I guess it’s time to raise our voices even louder.

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3 Responses to “Dude, Where’s My Blog?”

  1. Kishore: Good that you made this post. But why did you restrict this one to your personal site and I wish it would have been better if you would have posted the same on DC.

    That day, even I spoke to Aaman, but there were many reasons/agents that came to mind for this breakdown. But the worst part was there was no conformity about the destroyers. But good that the site is up and back in running mode.

  2. Cyberworld is no safe place. It’s only as safe or as susceptible as the real world. Just as we take precautions in the real world, we must take safety precautions in the cyberworld too. Good to see DC back again…

  3. I’ve been browsing online more than three hours nowadays, but I by no means discovered any interesting article like yours. It is pretty value enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content material as you probably did, the internet will probably be much more useful than ever before.


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