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Before COVID-19 changed everything, Katt Hryciw was like tens of thousands of other people who hoped to secure a campsite in Banff National Park this summer.

She set an alarm, woke up early on Jan. 8, the first day Banff reservations could be made, and sat poised at her computer. 

“And then as soon as it hits 8 o’clock, it’s just an hour of frustration, trying to book anything and largely being unsuccessful,” she said.

It’s an annual ritual for many would-be campers: logging on to the Parks Canada online reservation system the moment it opens, only to see the website slow to a crawl or crash altogether.

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Date: May 22nd, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/parks-canada-online-reservation-system-2020-camping-failure-1.5576905

Discussion

  1. A distributed denial of service attack (DDoS attack) is where lots of distributed computers all try and access a website at once, thereby overwhelming the webserver. How is this different, if at all, from thousands of people trying to book a campsite at the same time on the Parks Canada online reservation website?
  2. What’s a good way to deal with being overwhelmed with web traffic?

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