There are things in this world that are far less enjoyable than having your website knocked offline to be certain. That being said, it can have a massive impact to your day or that of a company trying to make a living by selling their wares online. I remember early on one of the first large scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to launch was aimed at the White House.
This was an attack that was expected at the time to be a withering assault that could reduce the White House website to a pile of molten "cyber" in the guise of what was dubbed a "virtual sit-in". This took place in May 1998. There was concern at the time since this was not something that people had really given a lot of thought to at the time. But, in the end the web server had it's IP address changed.
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