Blog Bloke Gets Hammered with DOS Attacks!
The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! Unless you live in a vacuum you must have heard of the recent DOS attacks from (apparently) Russian hackers against social media sites. If you are a subscriber to this blog you might have also noticed that we were offline for the better part of two days.
Well I’m happy to report that we were down but not out, as this blog was also under attack!
You might be familiar with the movie farce called “The Russians are Coming!” (see pic above) starring Alan Arkin and Carl Reiner about a Russian submarine that foundered on U.S. soil during the cold war.
While all this was happening I couldn’t help but ponder it would be a smart strategy to take out our computers with a DOS attack before mounting an all-out boots-on-the-ground campaign … but there I go being paranoid again.
Fortunately that hasn’t happened (knock on wood) but I can’t help but reflect on why this blog was singled out. The attacks were aimed primarily at the large social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but blogs like mine and Gawker Media were also taken out.
Why Blog Bloke? I never thought I was really that important in the grand scheme of things but apparently someone out there thinks so.
I don’t know whether to be offended or flattered! At least I’m in good company.
What do you think? Have you been affected by the DOS attacks? Why not share your thoughts with the rest of us.
P.s.: Kudos to my blog host team for toughing it out. The fact that I’m online is a testament to their tenacity and skills. Thanks fellas!