Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall

Susan Nunziata, Director of Editorial | 2/15/2013 | 86 comments

Susan Nunziata
Our network fell victim to a highly sophisticated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack late Wednesday night.

This attack overwhelmed not only the AT&T datacenter at which our sites are hosted, but also nine others across the East Coast.

The attack took down all of UBM Tech's communities, including, and our IT team worked round the clock to get the situation resolved. Our sites returned to full functionality at about 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.

That did not stop our tight-knit community, and for that we are eternally grateful. As we struggled through a trying day, you rallied around us, offering support (and humor) on our Enterprise Efficiency LinkedIn Group, on our Enterprise Efficiency Facebook page, and on Twitter @EnterpriseEff. You all demonstrated the true meaning of community, and we are grateful to each and every one of you for your support.

According to UBM Tech managing director Stephen Saunders, this was the first time in 13 years that we have had such an occurrence on our network. Saunders goes on to state:

Unfortunately, DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly common (two thirds of financial institutions were impacted by denial of service incidents in 2012; other victims include The New York Times, the FBI, Microsoft, Amazon, and eBay). While it is not possible for us to guarantee that we will not be affected again, we are currently undertaking an analysis of our Web infrastructure to limit the chance of a recurrence to the maximum extent that is possible.

As our investigation continues, we hope to share with you details about our experience. In the meantime, we'd love to hear your DDoS stories. Have you ever experienced one firsthand? What actions or best-practices do you recommend? Share your insights and experiences in our comments section below.

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Susan Nunziata   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/20/2013 3:18:38 PM
Re: Sign of the times
@tjgkg: re. Robin Thicke...and for this we can all be grateful.

quite right, the pace of technology change in the enterprise depends wholly on which technologies we're talking about and also which types of companies in which industry sectors.

If the livelihood and profits of the company depend on being tech-forward then accommodating changes are essential. Other companies (especially in the retail sector from what I've seen) could benefit greatly from tech upgrades but often aren't making tech the priority it should be. 

A lot has to do with the open-mindedness of management I suppose.
tjgkg   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/14/2013 5:27:33 AM
Re: Sign of the times
@Susan Nunziata: I don't think Robin Thicke will last as long as his father let alone the Beatles!!! With regard to enterprise technology, in order to keep costs low, most companies will keep their existing technology for as long as possible until they are forced to change. Witness the XP folks. Others will have to stay fairly leading edge such as SaaS companies just because they need the technology to stay competitive and keep their clients. And some of the technology responsibility is now being offloaded to the employee. An example of this is BYOD. So in some cases, the lifespan is being dictated by them.
Susan Nunziata   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/12/2013 8:30:12 PM
Re: Sign of the times
@tjgkg: Wait, what? You don't think Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines will stand the test of time as well as The Beatles? 


In all seriousness, it is quite true; as you say: Since most everything today is disposable and instantly obsolete...

Which leads me to ponder: Is this statement also true for the technology we use in the workplace? Were investments in enterprise technology once made with the expectation that things would last for years, or even decades?

And how long is the expected lifespan for most technology used in the enterprise today?
tjgkg   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/11/2013 8:59:01 AM
Re: Sign of the times
@Susan Nunziata: I agree with you. "Reality" shows are a chance for networks to fill space with "fast food" shows: low quality, cheap to produce, fills up a space. There are so many outlets today for "entertainment " that anything can be broadcast. 50 years ago there were only three TV networks so landing a show or even being on the news was a big deal. Today, anything goes. Since most everything today is disposable and instantly obsolete, I can't really imagine much of anything being a timeless masterpiece. About the only thing I see as lasting are Beatle songs. They seem to be popular from generation to generation. But not much else.
Susan Nunziata   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/9/2013 7:54:29 PM
Re: Sign of the times
@tjgkg: Oh my, don't get me started on reality TV. It has also brought us Bridezillas, Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo and Naked & Afraid.

Other periods of civilization has left the world with great masterpieces, innovative thinking, etc. I hope our legacy as humans in this time period doesn't get reduced to what's been created on our reality TV shows. Can you imagine what the people in the future will think of us? 
Susan Nunziata   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/9/2013 7:47:52 PM
Re: Sign of the times
@Ashish: It's true that quiet time and space for reflection is needed to give the mind peace to think of new and creative things. To me, there is a big difference between that and the person who retreats from the world because they have chosen to shut it out, shut down their minds, shut out change. 

This is the sense in which i'm talking about "isolationists," as in the kind of folks in the U.S. who choose to live "off the grid" and the scariest of whom are people such as Ted Kazinsky.

This is entirely different in my view from the person who withdraws to meditate, to pray, to practice creative thinking, to solve problems. Or the person who is introverted by nature, which is healthy and normal for them.

I respectfully disagree that all innovation happens in isolation. Some does. Some innovation happens as a result of collaboration (Edison did not work in a vaccuum, for example).

As far as all people being created equal, I'm not sure how to take your response to that. I do believe that all people are created equal--maybe that makes me naive?

Sadly, that does not mean that everyone is treated equally by society,nor does every person have the same exact set of circumstances, of course. However, all people the world over deserve to be treated equally with respect and compassion IMHO.
tjgkg   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/7/2013 5:39:18 AM
Re: Sign of the times
@Susan Nunziata: To make matters worse, these isolationists seem to be glorified by television given all the documentaries and reality shows out there. Aside from some of the kooks that have always been there, they seemed to come into prominence around Y2K time.
eethtworkz   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/6/2013 1:06:54 AM
Re: Sign of the times

You do realize most Innovations were created in Isolation?

To think creatively and especially out of the Box thinking(Very common in IT-Security);you NEED isolation.

Else thinking of day to day mundane stuff(Monday Night Football!!!);gets us Security Pros nowhere.

Lot of revolutionary/Evolutionary thinking requires you to sit quietly and just seperate completely from the Masses.

As for the issue of -We are all created Equal?

The less said the Better there.


Susan Nunziata   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/5/2013 9:17:40 PM
Re: Sign of the times
tjgkg: Hear Hear! 

I can never quite understand the logic of the isolationists. it really doesn't hold up to reason. It runs completely counter to the idea that we are all created equal, instead suggesting that some people are "more equal" than others.

Unpleasant indeed.

tjgkg   Into Each Life a DDoS Must Fall   8/3/2013 7:23:41 AM
Re: Sign of the times
@Susan Nunziata: Oh you certainly would not want to run towards them for anything. I am sure their bunkers are more secure than the Berlin Wall was and like that barrier, they would fire on you. These people are loners and anti social. It would actually be a shame if they were the only humans to survive. Communities are what helped our species evolve.
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