The number of requests peaked out at 52 Mbps. Let’s put that number in perspective: Daring Fireball is notorious for taking down sites by sending them about 500 Kbps of traffic. What we had just experienced was roughly the equivalent of 100 fireballs. (…) If each of those requests were 500 bytes, that’s 13,000 requests per second. That’s about a third of Google’s global search traffic.
Suffice it to say, his server crashed pretty hard. His only recourse was to block Chinese IP addresses from ever getting to his server.
Update: Matt Wilcox ran into the same problem, and he explains how to block Chinese IP addresses using iptables.