How Netflix DDoS’d Itself To Help Protect the Entire Internet

Normally, a DDoS strike floods a website or service with tons of junk traffic requests, overwhelming the system to either crash it completely or burden it until it can’t function normally. Those would have a hard time impacting Netflix, though; the service is already built to handle more than 35TB per second of data during peak hours, and has a network of Open Connect devices that localizes most of its traffic anyway. Aiming a botnet at Netflix would be like shoveling dirt into Carlsbad Caverns. – Lily Hay Newman, WIRED

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