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Chrisw
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Joined: October 1st, 2013, 7:41 pm

April 21st, 2017, 2:05 am

In the past few days, I am sure you have seen lots of errors when trying to reach forums.
We have been under a DDoS attack - being flooded with traffic by an individual(s) for the specific purpose of making the forums unavailable.
That person has been monitoring this support forum, asking us to contact them, and saying the forums will continue to be under attack until we make contact. Rather than make contact, we worked with the engineering team at Microsoft Cloud Computing and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to put additional protections in place against attacks. So far they seem to be working, and we have a team monitoring for a new attacks.
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Judith
Joined: April 21st, 2012, 2:35 pm

April 21st, 2017, 6:30 am

Thank you for the explanation Chris. Fingers crossed your extra protection will do the trick.
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magicmuggle01
Joined: October 14th, 2012, 12:47 pm

April 21st, 2017, 10:49 am

Here, here Judith. Never give into this sort of pressure.

No wonder I had difficulty in getting into the forums yesterday.

Keep up the good work Chris.
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Otto77
Joined: April 14th, 2013, 12:00 pm

April 21st, 2017, 1:05 pm

Thanks Chris.
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Minzpie
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April 21st, 2017, 1:43 pm

thanks Chris
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JohnCrichton
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Joined: April 20th, 2017, 5:06 pm

April 21st, 2017, 1:48 pm

Thanks for the update.

Shame that certain groups have to resort to this type of nonsense. Hopefully the measures taken will do the trick.

Keep up the good work.

JC.
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pomegranate
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April 21st, 2017, 4:59 pm

thank you
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Candlelight
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April 21st, 2017, 10:20 pm

Ah, that explains a lot. Thank you, Chris, for the update.
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Chrisw
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:40 am

JohnCrichton wrote:Thanks for the update.

Shame that certain groups have to resort to this type of nonsense.

JC.
This is where I hope Karma will do its job eventually. I absolutely cannot stand people who think that trying to make $$ in a dishonest way is okay. Makes me wonder how they sleep at night.
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Suzieq
Joined: June 17th, 2015, 3:11 pm

April 22nd, 2017, 12:08 pm

Chrisw wrote:In the past few days, I am sure you have seen lots of errors when trying to reach forums.
We have been under a DDoS attack - being flooded with traffic by an individual(s) for the specific purpose of making the forums unavailable.
That person has been monitoring this support forum, asking us to contact them, and saying the forums will continue to be under attack until we make contact. Rather than make contact, we worked with the engineering team at Microsoft Cloud Computing and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to put additional protections in place against attacks. So far they seem to be working, and we have a team monitoring for a new attacks.
Thanks Chrisw. I have been out of town for a funeral and just got back to what has been going on. Some of my members have been emailing, letting me know they could not get on the forum. It was down lastnight, but back up this morning. Thanks for explaining and keep us posted.

FYI - It appears other websites, other than this one, have also been under attacked. Caravan To Midnight's servers were attack this week. Here's some of CTM's announcement on their Facebook page: "Server update: It will take another 48 to 72 hours to rebuild and restore the CTM website... We have a team working on it around the clock, including an outside security specialist we had to bring in. The feedback so far is that they've never seen such an aggressive and relentless attack. We have to set-up the server from scratch and then rebuild everything from the floor up."
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Chrisw
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April 23rd, 2017, 2:55 am

FYI - It appears other websites, other than this one, have also been under attacked. Caravan To Midnight's servers were attack this week. Here's some of CTM's announcement on their Facebook page: "Server update: It will take another 48 to 72 hours to rebuild and restore the CTM website... We have a team working on it around the clock, including an outside security specialist we had to bring in. The feedback so far is that they've never seen such an aggressive and relentless attack. We have to set-up the server from scratch and then rebuild everything from the floor up."
I'm telling you, the internet is just one giant crime scene.

And knowing that the attacker reads here, I'd like him to tell me how he manages to sleep at night, knowing he is engaging in illegal activities that affect thousands of people.
I also would like to ask him if he is aware that some forums are life lines for people. It is all they have, it is their only contact with the outside world. How does it feel to take those forums down for hours on end?
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magicmuggle01
Joined: October 14th, 2012, 12:47 pm

April 25th, 2017, 10:36 am

Chrisw wrote:
FYI - It appears other websites, other than this one, have also been under attacked. Caravan To Midnight's servers were attack this week. Here's some of CTM's announcement on their Facebook page: "Server update: It will take another 48 to 72 hours to rebuild and restore the CTM website... We have a team working on it around the clock, including an outside security specialist we had to bring in. The feedback so far is that they've never seen such an aggressive and relentless attack. We have to set-up the server from scratch and then rebuild everything from the floor up."
I'm telling you, the internet is just one giant crime scene.

And knowing that the attacker reads here, I'd like him to tell me how he manages to sleep at night, knowing he is engaging in illegal activities that affect thousands of people.
I also would like to ask him if he is aware that some forums are life lines for people. It is all they have, it is their only contact with the outside world. How does it feel to take those forums down for hours on end?
If we stand together and not let these cowards (I could think of stronger words. But I'd doubt this forum would like them) get to us we'll soon beat them and they'll go elsewhere.
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April 26th, 2017, 11:48 pm

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I've noticed that we've had what is for us a huge number of bingbots being online at our forum. Is this related to the DDoS attack?

Keep up the good work of trying to foil the efforts of the attackers. I'm so glad that we have you and your people to do this for us.
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