Reddit – A friendly DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attack
My website has had issues twice now in two weeks. It turns out someone on my server has posted their website on Reddit (http://reddit.com) which is a website that features post and replies to everything from kittens to things that make you think to yourself “There are some sick and twisted minds out there.” I personally use the website and am attached to it for over one year. Do not go to it. Or do, and find yourself with no free time left . . . EVER!
There are DoS (Denial of Service) and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. The DoS is one computer and one connection hitting the server, while the DDoS is many.
Back on topic, the reason my website experienced issues is so many people flooded to the website that was posted on Reddit that it caused the server to crash. This is of course a shared server, so when one website goes down they all fall like dominoes.
A Denial of Service attack is when a website experiences such heavy traffic that users no longer can access the website. It can be done on purpose, which Anonymous has used and other groups before. I call Reddit a friendly DDoS attack because most users are not trying to bring down a website, they are simply clicking a link that sounds fascinating. I was hoping my host would tell me which site it was that brought down my website, to see if it was a cute kitten picture or a video of someone putting ice-cream on their head.
If you are on a shared host, there is not much you can do to prevent such attack, your host is responsible. There are many articles on google on how to protect yourself against a DDoS attack, but it is not my expertise and I will leave you with this link: (click me).