The most common attack is denial of service, where hackers attempt to send so many requests to a server it either runs out of bandwidth on it’s Internet connection or simply doesn’t have the processing power to respond to the amount of connections.
PayPal is one of the affected companies, and today the BBC have published a video report from inside PayPal’s high tech control room where engineers ensure the site stays up and running. Michael Barrett, the Chief Technology Office of PayPal, explaind thet during the recent attacks on PayPal the site’s servers slowed, but continued to operate thanks to the efforts of the team that work around the clock to ensure PayPal is always available to users.
It’s a short report, but the shots from inside the control room reveal panoramic wall displays showing the status of the PayPal website along with technicians working on the site. Although it’s not something the average PayPal user will ever think about it’s pretty amazing just how much technology it takes to keep the site safe, secure and operational. The control room is just that, PayPal also have servers around the world which the site is actually hosted on.