The DDoS attack on the website for the Drudge is a portent of the chaos that may follow. If you do not understand what a Distributed Denial of Service is, then this article is for you. The other part of this is the question of how deep into chaos must we go before technology overcomes the fallacies that make this possible.
As Written By Brady Dale for the Observer:
The popular right-leaning web portal, The Drudge Report, was briefly knocked offline last week. Incidents like this will only become more common until policymakers or tech companies get serious about fixing connected gadgets, also known as the internet of things (IoT).
In a since deleted post, the site’s verified @DRUDGE account on Twitter posted last week, “Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT? Biggest DDoS since site’s inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing],” as the International Business Times reported.
The Drudge Report did not respond to a request Friday for more details about the suspicious timing and routing.
Traffic from the Drudge Report is gigantic. Similar Web estimated it saw 178 million visits in November and that almost 80 percent of that traffic was direct. In other words, rather than clicking over from Facebook or finding it in search, visitors typed the URL directly into their browser or they have it set as the page their browser opens upon launch.
The importance of Drudge to other publishers cannot be overstated. In addition to its ability to point a fire-hose of traffic toward other sites, the careful curation of its founder, Matt Drudge, acts as something of a seal of approval for sites seeking the approbation of one of the very few people in American media capable of single-handedly driving the national conversation.
For those who haven’t visited, the site is overwhelmingly devoted to links to other sites. Web analytics platform Parse.ly currently estimates that 0.7 percent of all referral traffic to sites it monitors come from Drudge. That’s three times more than Reddit, just 0.1 percent behind Google News.
What is a DDoS attack?
The term has been thrown around so much lately that people may be reading it without knowing what it is. Often referred to as a “hack,” that’s somewhat debatable. Some might argue that a DDoS attack is ….
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