How I Got Pwned by My Cloud Costs

The author of the Have I Been Pwnd website got a nasty surprise: an AU $5,000 bill from Azure (that eventually racked up to $11,000). The culprit: a sudden spike of outgoing bandwidth due to a file no longer being cached properly.

I guess I’m looking at this a bit like the last time I lost data due to a hard disk failure. I always knew there was a risk but until it actually happened, I didn’t take the necessary steps to protect against that risk doing actual damage. But hey, it could have been so much worse; that number could have been 10x higher and I wouldn’t have known any earlier.

Let this be a reminder to set up data and billing alerts for your cloud services.

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Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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