Nerd Wars

Nerd Wars

October 2016 saw several DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks of unprecedented magnitude and impact. When I am impacted by such things, I’m always a little irritated. “Well, if I were administering that (network|data center|server),” I tell myself, “this would never have happened.”

But let’s be real. I can’t say that. Not with any degree of certainty, anyway, and most certainly not without a LOT of hubris. Even with the best centralized logging and diligent engineering teams, during events like the October 2016 attack, any analysis or determination of causality will likely be post-mortem. Mitigation measures have proven themselves effective to varying degrees, but they all have one thing in common: they’re reactive, not proactive. (more…)