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Solar flares and computer woes
May 7th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Did massive DDoS attack or the sun

cause huge Internet disruptions? Or, both?

The sun sends out rays – an unusual barrage of them. Did they cause the Internet disruptions?

IS THERE, perhaps, a common link (or two) in the failures of massive computer systems – like the April 9 “crash” at American Airlines – being reported recently around the globe?
Both Network Solutions, which manages over 7 million domain names worldwide, and Google also reported network-wide problems during the same period.
Could it be the sun’s fault?
The Space.com web site headline on April 11 gives us the first clue: “Sun unleashes biggest solar flare of the year yet.”
“The solar flare occurred at 3:16 a.m. EDT and registered as a M6.5-class sun storm, a relatively mid-level flare on the scale of solar tempests,” Tariq Malik reported.
“It coincided with an eruption of super-hot solar plasma known as a coronal mass ejection.”
You can also watch an awesome video of the event at the site.


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