DDOS hosed SlideShare

Its really frustrating to be DDOSed. Heard that. Read that. Now, experienced that. SlideShare is fighting the DDOS of worst kind, apparently sponsored by the Chinese. It has been going on now for about a week now, and is showing no signs of stopping. Damn!

Here’s some coverage on Techcrunch explaining the turn of events and the reasons behind the DDOS. More coverage from Webyantra.

And now my response to the attackers: Fuck you. We’ll fight you, and we’ll overcome you.

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3 comments

  1. I am an irated user at SlideShare. I have been facing problems right from day one of usage. Sometimes the slides load, sometime they don’t. Suddenly you face an error, nobody knows when, how and why. Frustrated, I tried deleting my account. Guess what, there was an error there too! Phew. First time I tried deleting my account, there was an error message saying “Amisha slipped.” Second time it was “Vidya”, third time it was “Lisa.” Ridiculous…for a second I was in doubt if they were running some drama company. I made a serious attack at the feedback section. Below is the conversation (my name and email are masked(xxx) for personal reasons):

    [[Email thread starts]]

    I am in no mood to kid about your service Rashmi. Initially I was very fantasized about your very new innovative service, but that was short lived. Earlier today, I was trying to delete my account from the profiles page…nothing happens. Each time an error page loads up saying “Amisha just slipped…..”…a new lady each time I try. True, your server names are funny though, the service is really pathetic. Files don’t get deleted, refresh rate is slower than my granny, account also doesn’t get deleted. Till date I believed, Destruction is easier than construction….I changed now.

    Rgds,
    xxx.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: rashmi@slideshare.net
    Sent: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 13:05:08 -0700
    To: xxx@xxx.com
    Subject: Re: [SlideShare] Feedback : All your servers slipped…???

    Hi xxx,

    Can you clarify what you mean? Are you facing any problems with the
    site? I went on the site right now and it seems fine.

    rashmi
    PS: Or are you just kidding about our server names 🙂

    xxx@xxx.com wrote:
    >
    > Hey, (xxx@xxx.com) has contacted us. Below is the message/bug:
    >
    >
    >
    > Is something adultery going on there in your server rooms? One by one,
    > all your servers; Amisha, Vidya, Lisa are slipping off. Who’s that
    > Mr.Dick who is so energetic?
    >
    > Page viewed before sending this feedback:
    > http://www.slideshare.net/xxx
    >
    > User’s Browser Information:
    > Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.13)
    > Gecko/20080311 Firefox/2.0.0.13
    >

    —
    o———-o———o————o
    Rashmi Sinha
    CEO, Slideshare
    phone: 650 564 0000
    http://www.slideshare.net
    blog: http://www.rashmisinha.com
    o——-o——-o——o—-o—-o

    [[Email thread ends]]

    I guess they only reply to suggestions and +ve feedback but seldom come back on -ve feedback or complaints.


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