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The flood through the crack in the Great Firewall

What happens when the DNS of millions of Chinese Internet users is pointed at your web server’s IP address? An instant, homegrown Denial of Service attack, writes The Iconfactory’s Craig Hockenberry:

The number of requests peaked out at 52 Mbps. Let’s put that number in perspective: Daring Fireball is notorious for taking down sites by sending them about 500 Kbps of traffic. What we had just experienced was roughly the equivalent of 100 fireballs.

This is the second awesome story about running servers in the past two days, following yesterday’s excellent piece about Kim Kardashian’s nude photos that features Six Colors’ own web administrator, Greg Knauss.