Last month I wrote about how my website was being attacked with a distributed denial of service. In the article itself, I purposely left some of the technical details out for a couple of reasons:
1. I presume that a majority of people are interested in personal finance information and aren’t interested in the technical details.
2. I wanted to make sure that my website was up and stable before I gave out specifics of how I stopped the hackers. (This is in itself a dangerous thing for me to do, because it gives them my playbook. However, the more I thought about it, the more I thought that others should have access to this information so that if their website is attacked, they have some assistance).
With that in mind, I reached out to my friend Evan Kline of 40 Tech and offered him a guest post on the topic. Some of the technical details are more suited for his audience anyway. He agreed and last night he posted it:
Even if you aren’t into the technical details, there are some graphs there where you can see pretty lines showing the huge spike in traffic as well as a quote from my new hosting service WP Engine giving a magnitude of how bad it was.