Flash crowds and DOS on POTS

Joe Abley jabley at isc.org
Mon May 17 16:17:01 UTC 2004

On 17 May 2004, at 04:32, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:

> On 17-mei-04, at 4:53, Sean Donelan wrote:
>> All networks are vulnerable to Denial of Service attacks and flash
>> crowds.  Broadcasting & Cable investigates the problems with the
>> telephone and SMS voting with the Fox television show American
>> Idol.
> This is _very_ old news. Something like this happened in Holland ages 
> ago, and it was even named the "Henny Huisman effect" after the show's 
> host.

There was a similar thread on this list about cellular and 
international PSTN circuit congestion in New Zealand as the clock 
ticked over from 1999 to 2000, e.g.:



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