19 Jan 2006
Dimwitted Denial of Service
The Million Dollar Homepage is still struggling to recover from a massive DDoS attack (lots of remotely-controlled hacked home computers constantly requesting pages) by blackmailers. Even with the right setup and expertise it’s hard to protect yourself against an abusive flood of traffic, and building up a ‘zombie army’ is pretty easy (ISPs do little to detect and disconnect compromised PCs).
The amusing thing is that the blackmailers clearly aren’t very bright, as their attack started after Alex had sold all his pixels for a grand total of $1,037,100. So what if the site’s offline for a while? The cash is safely in the bank, and he’s now getting even more free publicity to prolong his fame. There’s no way he was ever going to pay up. D’oh!