[WikiEN-l] "Doomsday" threat?

Mark Wagner carnildo at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 18:34:45 UTC 2006

On 10/11/06, Oskar Sigvardsson <oskarsigvardsson at gmail.com> wrote:
> This user is obviously a nut-job, but this is something we should
> atleast consider. I remember a while back when a vandalbot started
> attacking ANI, which effectively shut it down for a long period of
> time. This was before semi-protection, so today that specific threat
> could be easily dealt with, but what if he had attacked random
> articles instead?
> It's a fact that there are botnet-operators out there with tens of
> thousands of computers, and they demand money from websites in
> exchange for them not being DDoSed. This is not even rare, it's fairly
> common in this brand new world.

Top-ten websites tend not to be DDoSed with any level of success.  As
a general rule, if your website can survive a Slashdotting, it can
survive anything a botnet operator can throw at it.


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