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Re: Flash crowds and DOS on POTS

  • From: Joe Abley
  • Date: Mon May 17 12:20:53 2004


On 17 May 2004, at 04:32, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:

On 17-mei-04, at 4:53, Sean Donelan wrote:

All networks are vulnerable to Denial of Service attacks and flash
crowds.  Broadcasting & Cable investigates the problems with the
telephone and SMS voting with the Fox television show American
Idol.
This is _very_ old news. Something like this happened in Holland ages ago, and it was even named the "Henny Huisman effect" after the show's host.
There was a similar thread on this list about cellular and international PSTN circuit congestion in New Zealand as the clock ticked over from 1999 to 2000, e.g.:

http://www.merit.edu/mailinglist/mailarchives/old_archive/1999-12/msg00390.html
http://www.merit.edu/mailinglist/mailarchives/old_archive/1999-12/msg00417.html


Joe