Jerame Davis

Welcome Back: Apparently someone doesn't like us...

Filed By Jerame Davis | February 06, 2008 2:29 PM | comments

Filed in: Site News
Tags: denial of service attack

Many of our readers may have noticed our extended outage today. The site was down for about 4 hours total. I appears we were subject to a sort of Denial of Service attack that eventually crashed our whole server.

We're sorry for the inconvenience. It couldn't have happened at a worse time, what with Super Tuesday being last night and all.

Regardless, we are working on finding a way to prevent this scenario from happening again. We are pretty regularly targeted by folks wishing to do us harm in this way and we're usually pretty good at foiling their attacks. They got lucky today.

But if anyone is in the market for an IP Ban list of all of the anonymous proxies and other jerks who attack from behind veils, let me know. I have about 25,000 IPs to get you started.


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Michael Bedwell | February 6, 2008 2:48 PM

Welcome back!

25,000???? Had no idea! Added to spam nonsense, I've always wondered what these people did to express these issues, for lack of a better term, before the Internet existed. They couldn't have ALL been torturing kittens, tagging buildings, breaking windows, burning crosses on lawns and rainbow flags displayed outside wherever.

Now if I could just figure out how to get rid of my browser search redirecting bug.

Jerame,
I work in the corporate and business repair for Sprint and I see this happen to customers all the time. When I tried to log in, I knew exactly what was happening. Glad you're back.

It was probably just those Homeland Security people tapping into the BILERICO servers. Hey its easier for them to keep an eye on "those kind of people."

Nothing to see here, citizen. Just move along.
We are from the government and we are here to help you. : )

Thank god...I though my work had blocked you guys out.

Glad you are back.
For a moment i thought you were co-located in Iran As you may know there have been five (soon to be six) undersea cables cut providing internet service to Iran. Bush and Co are preparing to invade.....

Glad you are back.
Take care
Sue

You were hacked!?

That was scary for a minute.

Bastards. Bah.

*walks off muttering like an old man*

Someone doesn't like us?

Welcome to minority status people.

Not exactly hacked. More like bombarded. It's a long story going back to when we hosted a friend on our webserver. Her site was a target by some crazy anti-feminist, woman hating Nazi-types. (And no, not the cliched Nazis, but the real self-proclaiming types.)

They hated her and they targeted her site for DoS attacks constantly. They use anonymous proxy servers to submit search queries, comments, or trackbacks (or some combination thereof) at a phenomenal rate. Eventually, they overload our database server or our web server and then everything pukes.

Well, she's moved on to greener pastures, but we still have the nasties attacking our server. Apparently they don't like teh gays either.

I've been battling the bastards for more than a year now. They almost got us kicked out of our hosting company's network until I got it under control. That's where the 25,000+ IP addresses came from. I literally pulled them from the spam logs and built firewall rules to block them. Without our firewall, they've usually maxed out our bandwidth within 15 minutes.

What are we supposed to do though? Not allow searches, comments or trackbacks? Nope. But for every IP I block, 5 new ones show up.

It's a zero sum game. I'm usually a half-step ahead. Today, not so much...

Josh Altemoos | February 7, 2008 1:23 PM

Wow, I am sorry to hear that someone is targeting yall. DOS attacks are the worst, and having them targeted at you is the easiest way to get kicked out of a webhost, dedicated and colocated location. They just suck.