Watch your website — and this time, you have bigger threats than viral videos or suspected porn.
Hackers can apparently exploit vulnerabilities in Facebook and Google to perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on target websites — and neither Internet giant seems overly concerned, according to the developer that alerted the two companies to the problems.
"Both of the problems are quite serious for two reasons: 1) the ease in which the attacks can be executed and 2) the huge traffic volume these kinds of attacks can potentially generate.
The traffic would be very troublesome for most websites. Both Facebook and Google individually are close to Gigabits per second, maybe more. Combining them would be even more devastating," Chaman Thapa told CMSWire.
Thapa, "a software enthusiast who loves programming and solving problems," detailed the problems he uncovered with both sites on A Programmer's Blog and the DEFCON Hacking Page on Facebook. He claims Google Spreadsheets and Facebook Notes can be used to "DDoS any website."
And neither Facebook nor Google are arguing that Thapa is wrong.