This was a denial of service attack. Do you think DreamHost could have done something to avoid those things -- which happen all too frequently? The answer is that they can't, but they seemed to have fixed it pretty quickly. Be glad it didn't happen during the weekday, rather than on a worldwide religious holiday.
Co-Host, The Paracast
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