Neowin.net Reports on Firebird Name Debate
Sunday April 20th, 2003
To the best of our knowledge, MozillaZine was not hacked on Friday. From what we understand, a large load on the MySQL database put a lot of strain on the server. This caused the error messages that some users saw while using site features such as the Talkback article comments pages and the forums. At some points during the day, MozillaZine went down completely. For this reason, the Talkback pages and the forums were temporarily disabled but should now be fully working again.
#3 What Proof?
Sunday April 20th, 2003 12:42 PM
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"So it was a DoS attack. Whether deliberate or accidental, this is a case of actual damage done by the Firebird database folks. "
Until the Mozilla admin folks say it, I wouldn't call it a DOS attack. A bunch of users visiting Mozilla.org forums because some of the most popular sites on the internet linked to it doesn't count as a "DOS attack".
"but this was obviously deliberately perpetrated by the Firebird database people."
So you've read the server logs and traced every IP to the home machine of a Firebird developer or supporter and know this for a fact?
Being that this is the most publicity Mozilla.org has had in a while its quite possible that the site just wasn't up to the task or serving the load.
If it turns out there was an actual DOS attack and Mozilla.org states such, then feel free to fling the FUD. Until that time I'd hold off on the "Mozilla.org got DOS'd by the Firebird database people" accusations.