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:
How to Survive Your Website Getting Hit With a Denial of Service Attack
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.