Developers, don’t DDoS your own apps

Whenever we talk about distributed denial-of-service attacks, we typically focus on internet of things botnets and shadowy attackers sending large volumes of junk traffic against networks and applications. For many organizations, however, self-inflected DDoS attacks pose bigger dangers, a pair of Google engineers warned.

Poor software architecture decisions are the most common cause of application downtime, Google’s director of customer reliability engineering Dave Rensin and Google site reliability engineer Adrian Hilton wrote on the Google Cloud Platform blog. The mistakes aren’t in the code, but in the assumptions the developers make about applications and user interactions, especially as they relate to system load.

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