Android app takes down National Weather Service website
posted by Alan F. / Aug 26, 2014, 2:40 PM
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
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whatever you say ..that is actually pretty badass :|
posted on Aug 26, 2014, 2:55 PM 1
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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
posted on Aug 26, 2014, 3:51 PM 5
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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.
posted on Aug 27, 2014, 11:22 AM 0
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.
posted on Aug 26, 2014, 3:55 PM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 26, 2014, 3:07 PM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 26, 2014, 9:29 PM 0
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