Sunday, October 7th 2007

American Department of Homeland Security DDoS' Itself

A simple blunder in an E-mail server's code recently caused the Department of Homeland Security to give itself a miniature DDoS attack. Here's the low-down on what happened: a reader of the DHS' daily Open Source Intelligence Report replied to the list address with a request for a change. The message quickly found itself E-mailed to all subscribers of the newsletters, which numbers in the thousands, for reasons unknown. Unfortunately, once those subscribers got the request, they also got the list of recipients. When the good subscribers tried to report this problem, the same problem happened to the server, and every subscriber quickly found themselves knee-deep in E-mails asking for an un-subscription. That's not the only E-mail passed around the DHS network, though. Subscribers also received requests to cease replying, urgent requests from the Department of Defense and DHS officials for recipients to "kindly stop now please," a "vote for me" political ad, job offers and updates on the local weather. All in all, the server sent, received, and otherwise handled 2.2 million E-mails over the course of an hour, causing a mini-DDoS. The problem is resolved now, and the DHS is ensuring that such a problem will never happen again.Source: EWeek
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10 Comments on American Department of Homeland Security DDoS' Itself

#2
AnnCore
Staff
Let's see...

These gentlemen are supposed to be the crop of the crop. Shouldn't somebody feel concerned or was that question already answered long time ago.

In all due fairness, this sort of news is an invitation to everyone else out there to give the DHS just more trouble.

Furthermore, I don't see how else most people should react to news like this. As a kid, my father'd just scold me or wack me one if I'd ever do something so idiotic.

Sincerely

Ann Core
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#3
Ravenas
by: AnnCore
Let's see...

These gentlemen are supposed to be the crop of the crop. Shouldn't somebody feel concerned or was that question already answered long time ago.

In all due fairness, this sort of news is an invitation to everyone else out there to give the DHS just more trouble.

Furthermore, I don't see how else most people should react to news like this. As a kid, my father'd just scold me or wack me one if I'd ever do something so idiotic.

Sincerely

Ann Core
I'm sure someone got fired over this (At least it would seem that way).
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#4
AddSub
You know what they say: "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link"

"such a problem will never happen again." Uh huh, right.

More like: We will make sure that any such future incidents will be quickly concealed from public eyes and covered up. Incidents that make us and our department look like incompetent overpaid 20th century assclowns.

:laugh:
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#5
AddSub
Oh, no. “20th century” was an intended reference. DHS is full-of and run-by pasty white Baptist evangelists who are entirely stuck in 1950s mode of thinking.

On edit: OrbitzXT's post/reply was removed. Okay.
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#6
Josh766
You guys are absolutely ridiculous. The DHS experienced - gasp! - a computer problem. Who here has never experienced a computer problem? Anyone?

Oops, I forgot; the DHS, being a government agency, has magical computers that never crash and god-like programmers who are able to find and correct all logic errors whatsoever simply by looking at code. :rolleyes:

No, no one should be fired over this. Wow, thousands of people got a bunch of useless email one day. I've seen much worse problems.

They aren't trying to cover this up and stop the public from hearing about it. If that were true, we wouldn't be hearing about it.

I think everyone here is just looking for ways to convince themselves that they live in a corrupt nation. Why anyone would want to do that, I have no idea.
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#7
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
OMG, this is what happens when you have too many protocols. HAHA.

They can pay me to take care of this and Id only ask for 120k a year, 80k less than the guy they got doing it
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mdm-adph
by: Josh766
You guys are absolutely ridiculous. The DHS experienced - gasp! - a computer problem. Who here has never experienced a computer problem? Anyone?

Oops, I forgot; the DHS, being a government agency, has magical computers that never crash and god-like programmers who are able to find and correct all logic errors whatsoever simply by looking at code. :rolleyes:
That's not the problem. The problem is that the DHS, being vested with the power that they have, shouldn't be having problems like this.

They have to be perfect with what they do -- the nation's security demands no less, wouldn't you say?
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: mdm-adph

They have to be perfect with what they do -- the nation's security demands no less, wouldn't you say?
You cannot be perfect in this world. Nothing can be perfect. It's only silly to assume something is perfect. Even Homeland Security aren't perfect, and there's no way in anything they can be perfect.

Also, lot's of things shouldn't happen. But they are. We die, we grow old, people get raped, kids get abused, guns are being fired in schools. We shouldn't accept these things, but they are happening nevertheless.
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mdm-adph
by: Frick
You cannot be perfect in this world. Nothing can be perfect. It's only silly to assume something is perfect. Even Homeland Security aren't perfect, and there's no way in anything they can be perfect.

Also, lot's of things shouldn't happen. But they are. We die, we grow old, people get raped, kids get abused, guns are being fired in schools. We shouldn't accept these things, but they are happening nevertheless.
Why do you hate America?
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