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Posted on: Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:56 am




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 forum suffered a DDOS attack
I had to take the forum offline, because the server became overloaded.

After investigating, I found this was because of a so-called "DDOS" attack from China.

(DDOS = Distributed Denial Of Service, where a large number of hacked computers (a "botnet") are used to overload a web server, for example).

I have taken some steps to reduce the impact. I could have just blocked China completely,
but that would not be nice for the 10 or so active puzzlers from China...

I don't know if my current solution will hold up, the attackers could always switch to a different botnet, for example.

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Posted on: Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:45 pm




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Post Re: forum suffered a DDOS attack
Strange that this website was targeted. Hopefully, they won't bother again.


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Posted on: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:15 pm




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Post Re: forum suffered a DDOS attack
paulv66 wrote:
Strange that this website was targeted. Hopefully, they won't bother again.


Yes. From searching the web it seems this happens more often (attacks from China on "phpbb",
the software I use for the forum). No clue about the reason behind it though, maybe it was a random attack.


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