Android app takes down National Weather Service website
0. phoneArena 26 Aug 2014, 14:40 posted on
Requests for weather information from a single Android app, apparently brought down the National Weather Service website on Monday. A message on the NWS status page blamed an "abusing Android app" for preventing visitors to the website from seeing weather information. The NWS said that it was talking to the developers of the app to resolve the issue...
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1. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)
whatever you say ..that is actually pretty badass :|
4. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; 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: 5563; 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: 5176; 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 (unregistered)
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: 1043; 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: 754; 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 (unregistered)
hyper packets yeah
commence the weather packets :P
10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1296; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Wonder what app it was that "took down" the NWS site?