Gnutella bandwidth bandits

Old Blog Import

Last September, the loose affiliation of programmers who monitor the Gnutella file-trading network noticed something strange. The network, a popular hub for MP3 traders, seemed to be suffering a kind of denial-of-service attack, with some people reporting that their machines were inundated with requests for content. Though the attack seemed small, the particular design of Gnutella — a”decentralized peer-to-peer network,” in which each computer routes network traffic — amplified its effects, causing the whole network to clog.” Technology | Gnutella bandwidth bandits