Android app takes down National Weather Service website
A later post written by the NWS, notes that the agency had hired Akamai to add DDoS filters to block the offending traffic. The filters allowed service on the website to return to normal. During the outage, local weather offices has to turn to social media to disseminate updates.
One disturbing part of the whole tale, centers on the fact that requests from one Android app could bring down the NWS. The agency provides important and timely weather information that can save lives. Hopefully, those who rely on the National Weather Service won't have to worry about the site being taken offline again, by a small app.
source: Noaa.gov via Forbes
1. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)
whatever you say ..that is actually pretty badass :|
4. Ashoaib (Posts: 3007; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
see? the power of android? only one app can take down full website single handedly... thats the power of android... ios can ever do that?? :p :p
7. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)
Is there something in this that makes you think this gives Android a good name.
9. joey_sfb (Posts: 4746; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
With power come responsibility. Android is basically a linux device on phone.
That's why there all sort of geek tools available.
14. elitewolverine (Posts: 4103; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Yes, yes it can. It came from an app request, most likely a service request attack. Any app can do this, any app, theory wise. And if enough people download it, then it surmounts that much more fold wise.
5. engineer-1701d (Posts: 2663; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
its funny how they sais could save lives and timely weather reports they are wrong 75% of the time they say its sunny and hot and its raining outside.
truly disheartening that 1 app could take out a government weather agency.
2. Augustine (Posts: 1009; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Why is it any surprise that traffic brings down a government website? Since when does the government has any incentive to provide a quality service when it's often the monopolistic provider of services, commonly required by law, not exactly by spontaneous demand?
For instance, recently the government told me that I had to get my driving record. During business hours, the state website would timeout repeatedly in the middle of the processing, if not failing with some misguiding error message. Frustrated, I hoped that in the evening things would improve and I could finally get what I was told to get by the same government or else, website timing out be damned.
11. ibap (Posts: 737; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
OK, now you're mixing federal and state services. And when did any agency ever get the funding it said it needed for a fully supported website? There's a problem when they have to settle for good enough, when they know the demand will require great.
13. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
they got BBM first launch on Android experience. More people using android = more traffic will flow = more bandwitdh needed.
6. engineer-1701d (Posts: 2663; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
hyper packets yeah
commence the weather packets :P
10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Wonder what app it was that "took down" the NWS site?