northanger (northanger) wrote,


been trying to describe that MERCURY-QB1 line in 911 Chart. how that line impacts communication. like, um, if it was a telephone line what would the operator look like? thanks to Woebot .... tada!. then found article about 2003 Slammer Worm (btw, Danny Lewin [+], Akamai's co-founder, on Flight #11).

"Gah!" Owen Maresh almost choked when the Priority 1 alert popped up on his panel of screens just after midnight on Saturday, January 25. Sitting inside Akamai's Network Operations Control Center, the command room for 15,000 high-speed servers stationed around the globe, he had a God's-eye view of the Internet, monitoring its health in real time. His job was to watch for trouble spots and keep Akamai's servers - and the sites of its clients like Ticketmaster and MSNBC - open for business. This was big trouble.

Maresh had spent two years in front of the console, but, he says, "I had never seen anything like that." Fifty-five million meaningless database server requests were traversing the globe - and one of Akamai's Hong Kong locations was caught in the crossfire. Maresh was the first person on earth to spot the Internet worm that came to be known as Slammer.

Slammer's attack was ruthless and quick, spreading hundreds of times faster than the Code Red virus or Nimda worm. Yet it started with a single killer packet. The tiny worm hit its first victim at 12:30 am Eastern standard time. The machine - a server running Microsoft SQL - instantly started spewing millions of Slammer clones, targeting computers at random. By 12:33 am, the number of slave servers in Slammer's replicant army was doubling every 8.5 seconds.

Akamai's network is heavily automated, with redundant systems at every level. It's specifically designed to weather the most severe Internet storm. Others are not so robust. So as Akamai's DNS servers automatically flipped Hong Kong out of service, Maresh and his coworkers began calling and emailing fellow night owls at ISPs worldwide to warn them of the tsunami of traffic. Too late.
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Six months later, we still don't know who did it or when it will happen again. [+]

QB1 goes retrograde 23-Jul-2006 @ 13:14:577604 UT at {21AR02Rx}; MERCURY {22CN25Rx} already retrograde until 28-July. Sabians: Aries 22° A handsome grilled gateway opens to the garden of all desired things. Cancer 23° A serious little study group, a literary club, has met for social and intellectual fellowship in some member's home. QB1 remains retrograde until 31-Dec-2006 @ 14:28:546571 UT {18AR54}, MERCURY {05CP53}. Aries 19° A magic carpet hovers over the depressing reality of every day life in an industrial area. Capricorn 6° A dark archway in the forest leads to greater depths and darkness beyond, in its shade lie an even ten logs.

Tags: 911, akamai, qb1

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