Modern web servers are extremely fast and highly resilient. They have the ability to deliver data anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye. What they don't have, though, is the ability to deliver data to an infinite number of users simultaneously. If enough users request data from the same server at the same time, the server will stop processing requests efficiently.
October is known to have its share of scares, with Halloween kicking off the holiday season youngsters and the young-at-heart alike. But the United States had a scare of a different type on October 21st related to a massive DDoS attack directed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire.