It's no easy thing to be the Horatio Alger of in Internet advertising. British student Alex Tew struck it rich by selling pixels on his Web page to advertisers for $1 each. The result was this colorful quilt of lucre. Now it appears extortionists have hit him with a denial of service attacks, and an advertiser is suing because the site was down.
The lesson? Success draws outlaws, who in the world of the net are just a click or two away. In retrospect, sometime between hatching the idea and gaining monster publicity for it, Alex should have secured the site, arranged for massive bandwidth, and hired a lawyer. Next time he probably will.