Some Internet Routers Down?
I don't know if "down" is the correct word, but I was having trouble reaching a particular website this morning and so checked the Internet Traffic Report for North America. It appears that eight of the 50 routers are down (that is, experiencing 100% packet loss), with another getting close, and two more on the critical side.
I've been refreshing the screen; now only seven are at 100% packet loss, the two "iffy" routers are okay now, and a couple more are starting back up the scale. Here's a link to my way larger screenshot of the global traffic report, with routers in Asia not looking too good.
Red = down, or almost down
Yellow = not good
Green = okay
Added: Here's the global chart, which currently shows five routers down in Europe (the chart includes Africa), with others experiencing pretty high packet loss.
Not sure I've ever seen this before, except once (I think I've got a screenshot of that around here somewhere; maybe I'll post it later).
Added: And now it's almost 10 routers down. What can be going on?
Added: Aha. Perhaps this is it: from C|net, 'Storm Worm' rages across the globe.
Over an eight-hour period Thursday, malicious e-mails were sent across the globe to hundreds of thousands of people, said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for F-Secure.
People who open the attachment then unknowingly become part of a botnet. A botnet serves as an army of commandeered computers, which are later used by attackers without their owners' knowledge.
Do click the Mikko Hypponen link; it's to a YouTube video from F-Secure.
Sigh. When I got on the 'Net, people were opening email attachments from strangers containing viruses and other nastyware. Ten+ years later, they're still doing it. Naivete doesn't pay; they *have* been assimilated. But it doesn't affect just them.
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