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May 2, 2014

Right now someone who works for Facebook

is getting tens of thousands of error messages

and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There's a team at a Google office that hasn't slept in three days. Somewhere there's a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she's dead. And if these people stop, the world burns.
Programming Sucks

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 2, 2014 11:11 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

We may well fight the next war with geek hackers jamming up the works. Wasn't stuxnet like that?

A case has been made, scenarios run out for the collapse of our nation's power grid. Any part of our infrastructure that is computer-controlled is vulnerable.

Look at what happened to Gerard's site recently. Probably just spammers pissing all over the place but it might have been intentional.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 2, 2014 12:26 PM

I don'think it was intentional. Other bloggers are reporting a tsunami of spam in the last two weeks. It's always around but lately it seems to have overwhelmed the filters.

Posted by: vanderleun at May 2, 2014 12:28 PM

Gerard: I'm sure you are correct but the implication is there: hackers could cause networks and systems to shut down in a number of ways, spam overload being one of them.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 2, 2014 4:15 PM

These things come in waves; every time a significant security hole is plugged, they turn loose the spambots trying for holes. Two weeks ago heartbleed got press and the doors started closing. Presto! What you're seeing is strategy vs tactics.

Posted by: ed in texas at May 2, 2014 4:36 PM

ed: You're correct, too bad it is a reactionary strategy. Surprise favors the attackers.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 2, 2014 8:51 PM