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FTM problems, slowness, and "500 Server Error"
#33965 04/24/15 12:23 AM
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Over the past few days, Fine Tuned Mac has been under a sustained DoS (Denial of Service) attack. The attackers have been attempting to knock the site off the Web by bombarding it with spurious traffic, sending so many requests that the server can't keep up with them all (and drowning out legitimate traffic).

This attack has led to slowness to load pages and to errors like "500 Internal Server Error" and "site not found."

I'm working with the Web host to see what we can do about the attack. In the meantime, please be patient with us. The attackers have proven to be quite persistent.

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tacit #33967 04/24/15 12:35 AM
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I first ran across the problem only a few minutes ago..."Server not responding", but why on Earth would FTM be under attack? (Rhetorical question?)


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artie505 #33974 04/24/15 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted By: artie505
I first ran across the problem only a few minutes ago..."Server not responding", but why on Earth would FTM be under attack? (Rhetorical question?)

I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary until just now — but, remember, I'm on dialup. (Maybe 'slow' is a good thing under such circumstances?)
Other than the simple reason, "Because they can", it'd be interesting to know why FTM would be targeted for a DoS attack and by whom. Is FTM a threat to Chinese hackers or their ilk?

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tacit #33979 04/24/15 12:06 PM
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Weird that there's no obvious motive. Usually these things are either retribution (you piss off anyone recently?) or extortion. (received any demands for money recently etc?) Very strange to just come out of the blue.

If you're being hosted, maybe someone is attacking the host and you're just in the crossfire?


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Virtual1 #34000 04/25/15 04:57 AM
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All my sites are under a DoS attack lately. My site at morethantwo.com has been knocked off the Web repeatedly in the last few days; so has my site at franklinveaux.com. Basically, all the domains that list me as the contact person are getting hammered.

It seems to be related to a group of malware writers I helped put in jail some years ago. They're back out now. frown


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tacit #34001 04/25/15 09:16 AM
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It seems to be related to a group of malware writers I helped put in jail some years ago. They're back out now. frown

Go get 'em again! Is there any way FTM folk might be able to help 'castrate' the malefactors?

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tacit #34003 04/25/15 10:45 AM
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They may be violating the terms of their parole if, in fact, they've been paroled.


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tacit #34007 04/25/15 02:31 PM
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It seems to be related to a group of malware writers I helped put in jail some years ago. They're back out now. frown

Just out of curiosity, did the authorities alert you of their impending release?


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joemikeb #34009 04/26/15 05:15 AM
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Nope! They're in Estonia right now; they weren't arrested in the US.


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tacit #34015 04/27/15 03:12 PM
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I suppose a month of a DDOS protection place like cloudflare is costly?


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Virtual1 #34018 04/27/15 09:33 PM
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I've been looking into DDoS protection, and yes, it does tend to be a bit spendy. The attacks launched against us seem to have been mitigated, at least for now. smile


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tacit #34027 04/28/15 12:52 PM
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I've heard that a number of the "private bit torrent trackers" have been under more-or-less continuous DDoS attacks nonstop for the last half year or so. Guess the RIAA/MPAA/BSA don't mind getting their hands dirty either.

And I wonder if we'll always have problems with people being able to DDoS / botnets?


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Virtual1 #34036 04/28/15 08:52 PM
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As long as people use computers but don't understand security, there will always be botnets. Welcome to the future!


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