The Birth of POP Tech Man!!


Apparently, necessity is still the mother of invention

A now classic story told by Christian, POP Technologies Managed Services Team

It started out like any other Tuesday morning.  Everything in the Network Operations Center appeared as usual.  Green lights as far as you can see. Our morning java was delicious as usual. We were globally updating a software patch when out of nowhere the alarms started going crazy. All I could think of was, Danger Will Robinson! Danger Will Robinson. This was NOT a false positive.

This all seemed to unfold in just seconds….the three of us yelling back and forth as the attack transformed from a two headed hydra in less than 60 seconds into an eight headed hydra moments later. Less than two minutes into it, we all looked up at each other and knew what this was. It was a Distributed Denial Of Service (DDOS) attack. Damn.This was the same kind of multithreaded attack that has brought down large corporations and countries like North Korea to their knees. In minutes.

The good news was that everyone on the Managed Services team collaborated on the counter-attack Plan A, B and C. These were the responses in the event of a severe DDOS attack.  The bad news was that none of us had ever seen a DDOS quite like this. This one was different. Meaner, larger, and faster, it attacked us from virtually everywhere at once.   While we were responding to the attack with Plan A, the simple thought of “no pressure”, “no pressure”, “NO PRESSURE” kept running through my head.  If this attack prevailed, it would bring down our network and our clients networks with it.  Terabytes of client data would be at risk.  Our client’s world would stop. 

Just when the attack started to overwhelm us and looked like the rats would win the rat race, Ted started to scream out his idea; “what if we re-routed all of traffic to our back up pipes and cut the head off this thing”?  I looked over to Christoper. We both winced and shook our heads yes. Ted started the switch over countdown…… 3…..2…..1 …switch… took a few seconds for the switch to engage. Seemed like hours. When everything seemed to be normal and the friendly green lights were returning row by row, right after I could stop hearing Mr. Worf say “today is a good day to die”, right after we call all start to breath again, we all looked at one another and started yelling:  @#$%!!!! Hell yeah!!

About 5 seconds later I yelled to Ted; “dude, that was heroic”.  Who do you think you are? POP Tech Man?

After recounting our victorious and yet harrowing story to our colleagues over some Mountain Dew Kick Starts, we all agreed we all need to be like POP Tech Man! Collectively, we ARE POP Tech Man!!

Hence, from that day forward we bestow heroic acts by invoking our new hero’s name: POP Tech Man!!


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