If you’re a Twitter user and you follow one of the really big guys with like a million other followers, you could – without knowing it – actually be part of a DDoS attack. DDoS stands for “Distributed Denial of Service” and is used to describe what happens when a website receives so many requests that it just can’t keep up and eventually crashes.
While DDoS attacks are usually spoken of in a harmful way, like when hackers initiate them, you could actually be part of such an attack if you click on a link tweeted by a Twitter user with many followers, like Stephen Fry who has almost 1,400,000 Twitter followers.
Stephen Fry is a British actor by the way, in case you didn’t know. So when Fry tweets a link, he has almost 1.4 million users ready to click it. Of course not all of them clicks every time, but he is able to generate 3000 hits on most websites – per second.
Of course Stephen doesn’t intentionally want the websites to crash so he has begun warning the websites before he tweets a link.
If you’re up for it, the entire interview with Stephen Fry and .Net Magazine can be seen here.
What about me, you ask? Well, I’m trying, not quite there yet. I’m closing in on 5000 followers though. So with the 2-400 followers I’m getting per day thanks to TweetAdder, it will take a while to rech a million followers 🙂 But if you follow me, then I’m one step closer: @techpatio.