Akamai and the Global Infrastructure
I'm curious as to why this
family of news stories doesn't seem to be getting much play on mainstream newssites like CNN.com. Akamai routes a lot of traffic for a lot of important domains; I remember first noticing its odd name crawling across the status bar back in 1998 or 1999, and hearing tales of MIT grad students being lured away to dot.com millions around the same time. It showed its mettle during the 9/11 attacks, helping to at least stabilize the huge assault on news servers as everyone wanted to know what was going on--despite the loss of one its founders, Daniel C. Lewin, who was aboard the American Airline's airplane which crashed into the World Trade Center. If Akamai simply screwed up, that's bad news enough, but news that can be fixed in the long term by the free market and other business maneuvers. But if the two hour denial of service to important sites like Google and Yahoo really was caused by a "large scale international attack," then it seems like a major international issue. I want to know who's doing the attacking, how they did it, and how it can be prevented in the future. I don't understand why the mainstream press (as opposed to the geek press) isn't talking about it more.