Local TV Channels are reporting that Salman Taseer, Governor Punjab, has been shot down in Islamabad. The news has spread like a fire across the country.
Resultantly, those in offices are pointing their web browsers to news websites to know more about Salman Taseer’s assassination. But evidently, due to sudden traffic spike, websites of Geo, Jang and The News have crippled down.
A closer at server indicates that machines are up and running, however, web server is unable to serve the requests.
It is told that Mr. Salman Taseer was shot 27 bullets by one of his own body guards in F 6/3, Islamabad.
More details on Salman Taseer’s assassination can be found here (Google News)
Dawn.com has stopped responding as well.
Geo/Jang websites are recovering. They have added a security shield to avoid un-wanted attacks/bots.
Dawn is back as well.
However, both the publications need to re-consider their hosting architecture, which needs an immediate re-shape. Usually, news websites escape such traffic spikes due to their TV channels. However, this time news broke during work hours (4:15 PM) and hence news seekers had no option but to go to their websites – resulting into down times.