An anonymous reader writes: As a web developer, I'm constantly benchmarking my own sites to optimise for speed and stability. But recently, I was curious about the performance of a 3rd party website, and ran a benchmark against it. It was taking a while, so I went out to do some errands, and when I got back, the site was completely down, and had been for hours. I'd totally wiped them out, using nothing but ApacheBench.
My question is: is this illegal? I did nothing except request their own public URL, from one computer, a few thousand times. And yet, the effect was a total DOS. Could simply running AB be a crime, and can I expect the Feds at my door someday soon?