I love DH and have given then a nice review here. I've been with them for 5 years.
But I still hate downtime :-)
Understandable - but you didn't appear to be complaining about the downtime, but the fact that they posted about it. It just doesn't make sense to me, or at least, your original post and intent didn't.
If it's a carrier outage, as they claim, then depending on which route your traffic to or from DreamHost takes, it may or may not be up or down for you.
It's up for me and I'm on Comcast.
It baffles me that a single transit provider can take down their entire network.
"Update 2:54pm PST: One of our network providers is having issues right now. Our network admins are working on moving all traffic to our two other service providers. We will keep updating this post as soon as we have more information."
That means one of two things:
- They don't have enough capacity on their other providers, therefore saturating their links now.
- BGP isn't setup right (hard to believe?) or not all of their prefixes are being announced out all of their providers.
Either way, this surprises me, as DH is a fairly big company...
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they are "still working to defeat this attack on our network."
So I guess there's more to the story than a single carrier problem.
BTW, I agree that DH's blog is a very good thing and I admire their transparency.
This is actually the first major DH outage I've really suffered, and I'm only inconvenienced because I was in the middle of setting up a new site. I know there have been other outages during that period but I've never noticed them
Update: 8:25pm PST: Our abuse team is getting involved as well at this point. We have resolved issues on most of our routers, and have found over 500 compromised sites so far, that we are working on fixing. Overall things should improve over time.
I figured they were getting attacked because they announced the Abuse team was getting involved. Still, that is a major attack to take down everything they have. It isn't like they had just 1 rack or something.
Apparently kiddies are smart too eh? Taking down a Hosting Provider is purely what kiddies do right? Comeon this seriously can't be good for dreamhost...
Anybody with access to enough bot/zombie systems can take down just about any network. It's not until people, in general, get educated about the importance of up-to-date virus protection and keeping their operating systems and software up-to-date that things like this will become less of an issue.