Or a blue-suited lawyer?
“The best analogy I can think of is that it’d be like you dealing with a water main break in your basement by hooking a big hose up to the leaking joint and redirecting the water into your neighbor’s basement instead.” – Jason Levine
That eloquent statement by Mr. Levine was used to describe what could possibly be the winner of “The 2006 Idiots of Systems Administration Award.” After Blue Security, which garnered some attention at Spamroll a few days back, got caught with their pants (and website) down, they purportedly decided to route the DDOS traffic they were getting over to their blog, which just so happens to be hosted by SixApart’s Typepad. The result – all of SixApart went down – LiveJournal, Typepad, and even the corporate home page.
I have to say that despite trying to play the impartial with this whole Blue Security fiasco (i.e. despising the spam, but disagreeing with the “Blue-method” as well), I now believe that if Blue Security pulled this off, they deserve whatever reincarnation of business hell is headed their way.
Instead of having their users “hopping mad,” they got a few million bloggers (from SixApart’s services) pissed off instead? Hmm. From an anti-spam service, you would think they’d know better.
PS: The annual “Idiots of Systems Administration Award” doesn’t exist (yet), but you know where my vote would likely go.
Neville Hobson called it stupidity, and wonders about lawyers too.