Tons of major websites greeted their visitors with error screen on Friday, an extensive list with major websites such as Spotify, YouTube, Google, Amazon, even the NHL’s website.
Hell, even your kid’s Playstation probably couldn’t connect to the internet.
Now the reason this happened is because of something called a DDoS attack, a hacker targeted attack on a websites server, as explained in this very complicated chart below. Bear with me, I’m about to simplify it a bit for you.
Imagine a website is like a Wal-Mart, and you (the website visitor), is a shopper at Wal-Mart. A typical Wal-Mart can handle a certain amount of shoppers, and even cope when things get a bit busy.
Still with me?
A DDoS attack is a lot like some evil mastermind sending 50,000 shopping zombies into that Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is absolutely beyond any operational capacity, and it shuts everything down.
Anyway, yesterday somebody (or maybe even multiple people) decided to do that to about 100 very busy “Wal-Marts”
Those responsible for yesterdays website outages have yet to be located, and it’s unknown if they’ll ever be caught. Thankfully, we’re still up and running smoothly! 🙂