February 06, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.
Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted as long as 12 hours but passed largely unnoticed by most computer users, a testament to the resiliency of the Internet. Behind the scenes, computer scientists worldwide raced to cope with enormous volumes of data that threatened to saturate some of the Internet's most vital pipelines.
It also caused problems for some other people I was working with. Naturally, it all happened just as we got onto a phone call to find out why they couldn't connect. Then suddenly I couldn't connect either.
When my connection went down, I called and found that "yes, the office connections are all up and working" - at least they were in Chicago. But my connection(which I checked using a trace route) got me about half way there and dropped me cold. There was no clue as to the trouble because it was in the middle of Massachusetts outside of my provider.
So I did what all good computer people do when they can't figure something out - I went and ate lunch and tried again later. It worked and I was back in business. Funny, the above scenario is the one thing I didn't think of today. Guess I'll think about it next time.
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