Paladino Links

13 Apr

Just a collection of the incoming links to, the Carl Paladino horse porn/racism imbroglio, and an update on the stats and technical reasons the site was down on Monday afternoon and evening.

The current design and technical infrastructure of was architected by Chris Van Patten and Jacob Peddicord, two young and very talented developers.  After we published the Carl Paladino email story, we immediately noticed an uptick in traffic which escalated to nearly 2 Million site visits by 12PM.  We expected the story would be linked by regional and statewide websites/media outlets and planned for an uptick of 40-50% over our daily traffic.  I made some server and cache changes to prepare, but what happened totally blew me away.  However, the site Chris and Jacob designed scaled and handled all of the traffic.  Then, shortly after noon, we experienced a massive Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDos) attack.  What’s a DDos attack?

A distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of the concerted efforts of a person or people to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely.

One common method of attack involves saturating the target (victim) machine with external communications requests, such that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered effectively unavailable. In general terms, DoS attacks are implemented by either forcing the targeted computer(s) to reset, or consuming its resources so that it can no longer provide its intended service or obstructing the communication media between the intended users and the victim so that they can no longer communicate adequately.

The first wave was a ping storm, a distributed flurry of simple network requests which blocked legitimate access to our server.  Once I solved that problem, the site came back up, slowly, for about an hour.  Then, the DDoS tactics changed and we were down again for the remainder of the evening while I worked with our host to figure out how to permanently implement a solution.

This is already long and boring, so I’ll leave it there.  And no, we’re not claiming, alleging, or accusing that anyone involved with Carl Paladino, the local tea party, or other related interest groups had anything to do with it.  I don’t know who did, nor do I care.  It happened and I just wanted to explain why.

Over the next couple of days, your comments will appear more slowly on the site as Chris Van Patten and I implemented some additional measures to reduce comment spam and maintain a steady load on our databse servers.  We’re not moderating your comments for content, we’re just trying to keep the site up.

As of 7PM tonight, we had received over 4 Million visits to the website with links from over 1000 news websites and blogs.

Here’s a short list of links to the Paladino story…,-porn-and-racism-from-the-tea-party-candidate!

and a couple hundred more…

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