By this afternoon, the site's performance was improved, according to The Register, which temporarily turned off its CSS stylesheets to reduce network traffic and blunt the impact of the attack.
The recent discussions were prompted by a report from Microsoft blogging evangelist Robert Scoble that Microsoft had altered its RSS feeds to reduce server load. While Scoble overstated the issues at Microsoft, the resulting chatter among blogging technologists surfaced numerous strategies to impose discipline on feed-hungry RSS clients.
Last month Scoble wrote that RSS feeds from Microsoft's corporate blogs were growing unwieldy. "Bandwidth usage was growing faster than MSDN's ability to pay for, or keep up with, the bandwidth," he wrote. "Terabytes of bandwidth were being used up by RSS."Continue reading
"A few residual issues are still impacting some users," parent company eBay said in a system notice. "PayPal system-generated emails, such as payment notification emails, password recovery emails, and confirmation emails, may be delayed. We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible."
Paypal began experiencing performance problems Friday after a redesign and code revision destabilized its site performance. Company press reps have said that while eBay's infrastructure allows site changes to be rolled back, Paypal's does not. Paypal is powered by an Apache web server on Linux, while eBay runs on Windows Server 2003.Continue reading
The problems limited Paypal's ability to process payments for its parent company, the auction site eBay, as well as thousands of web sites that use Paypal to process online payments. The incident is the latest in a series of outages this month for services that allow web merchants to accept credit cards, several of which have been knocked offline by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
Paypal's issues appear to be internal, and have had significant impact. "A technical problem with the PayPal platform has caused intermittent errors and availability for members attempting to use the PayPal site since Friday 10/8," eBay said in a notice to members. "Activities such as paying for ended eBay listings, using the Immediate Payment feature, using PayPal shipping functionality, and accessing account information have been intermittently available. Offline use of PayPal debit cards has also been impacted intermittently, and some members have been unable to use them."Continue reading