Someone actually tried the impossible on two separate occasions, to take down the internet’s backbone. They did ultimately fail for multiple reasons, but at the same time, they actually got a surprisingly good result out of their attack.
Early last week the Internet’s DNS Root Servers, that are the authoritative reference for mapping domain names to IP addresses, were hit with a flood of as many as 5 million queries per second for up to three hours with the goal to crash the servers. The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack took place on November the 30th and December the 1st.
The DDoS attack effectively managed to take 3 of the 13 DNS Root Servers offline for a couple of hours which in itself is quite impressive. It does however not have any real effect on the world due to the nature of DNS’ structure. DNS servers are built up in a mesh structure which means that you’ll need to take down all of them at the same time to have any real effect. And that includes the thousands of DNS servers that users connect to from their ISPs as well as all the public ones. Should the request to one DNS server fail, another will jump in and you’ll merely have a minor delay and no breakdown.
According to an analysis published by the root server operators on Tuesday, each attack fired up to 5 million queries per second per DNS root name server, and that was enough to flood the network and cause timeouts on the B, C, G, and H root servers.
At this time, there is no indication of who or what was behind this large-scale DDoS attacks. The source IP addresses used in the attacks were very well distributed and randomized across the entire IPv4 address space, so there is no clue to go by. The same goes for the motive, maybe it was a ‘let’s see if we can do it’ thing.
Domino’s have never been a company to shy away from looking at new technology to help improve the takeaway delivery. Two years ago it was suspected that you soon might have a drone deliver your pizza, more recently they even looked at how they might be able to use Twitter to let you order a pizza with a tweet. What could come next you may ask? They seem to be going back to basics, the good old-fashioned car, but with a serious twist.
Introducing the Domino’s DXP, the specialist Dominos pizza delivery vehicle. Let’s start with why this isn’t just another ordinary delivery vehicle, first up is the obvious addition of an oven, designed to keep your pizza hot at 140 Fahrenheit (a toasty 60-degree celsius). As if that wasn’t enough, the car’s got rid of all the additional seating, leaving only the driver and a selection of holders for your drinks, dips and desserts, this means that your food is safe and secure while your drinks won’t bubble over the second they are opened.
We’ve had ice cream trucks for years, but this is the first time a company has gone so far as to design and build a custom set of cars for your take away. After five years of development, the car could soon be finding its way to you but with only 97 available in the US, just how long till the vehicle makes its way overseas?
For more information check out Dominos DXP presentation here.
Fast Food seems to keep getting quicker, going from one-minute meals in the microwave to weekly delivered healthy meals food and the internet have been constantly going hand in hand. It looks like it may go one step further though and combine ordering your meals with something as simple as a google search.
When searching for nearby restaurants, an option to “place an order” will be available. After selecting a delivery service, you will get taken to their website to place an order. The scheme is being trailed in the US with six different providers, but they are keen to add more in the future. With everything from MyPizza.com, Delivery.com and Eat24 offering their support for the scheme it is only a matter of time before other companies join in this scheme, and hopefully before a similar scheme is introduced in other countries.
With Google already the go-to place for many for web searches and getting information and images, how long do people think it will be until you can get a google food? Go onto the website, search for a particular type of food in your area and get options from all of their websites offering you their food on a single page?
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