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« on: May 23, 2008, 11:05:40 PM »

Just so you know, the server that this site is on is located in Florida.  Apparently they suffered a power outage early this morning and are thus still trying to get everything back online smoothly.

This site has been up and down all day, and that's why.  Hopefully it'll be all good soon.
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 07:55:51 PM »

5/28/2008

Something bad just happened.  Our database got corrupted somehow, but I was able to repair it.  I'm saving backups as we speak.  It is possible someone tried to hack or DoS this place...
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 08:39:22 PM »

My apologies to all.  The IP has been banned, and I have learned a lot.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 10:03:57 PM »

Damn Hackers............    crazy2
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 09:01:38 AM »

Yeah, it sounds like they hacked into this site to hack into another site.  Thus, the IP ban.  That may explain why sometimes this site was incredibly slow, too.  Who knows how long that this has been going on for.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008, 04:54:08 PM »

And once again today we are having issues.  Hopefully this will be then end of it, as there are many support people working on things right now.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2008, 06:04:32 PM »

5:05 PM central

Not out of the woods yet...
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2008, 09:18:23 PM »

8:15 PM central

We are back online, but things still seem slow to me.  The server is acting up....
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2008, 09:27:02 PM »

YES IT IS SLOW BUT WHY WOULD ANYONE HACK INTO THIS SITE?
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2008, 09:38:55 PM »

It's not just this site, it's the entire server this site is hosted on down in Florida.  I'm not sure what's going on.
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2008, 09:59:18 PM »

Ok, for the first time all day, things seem to be improving.

Let me know if you see ANYTHING odd, any errors, especially any errors that say anything about a "database" or "MySQL", ok?

You should have my email address.  Smiley

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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2008, 11:11:11 PM »

Thankfully I'm not in Florida now or Tom would blame me   Grin

Hey Tom - thanks again for the tour...was nice to meet you and Lance.  Just wish Lesley could have been there.  Tell her "hi" for me anyway.
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2008, 11:16:46 PM »

Just received this from support:

Hello Lance,

We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. Now the sites are loading fine. Please verify it from your side. Also refer the attached screen shot.

The server load was high due to high http connections to the server. We have blocked those ips. Now the
server load is normal and all the services are up and running fine.

Feel free to contact us for any further assistance.



Maybe that fixes everything up now.

Yes Mark, it was great to meet you and your wife.  I had a lot of fun, even though it was humid as .... a submerged submarine.  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2008, 08:50:09 AM »

I have noticed a huge difference.  Now when I click a button, the next page pops up instantly.  I never saw that on this website before.

It sounds like Hackers had all but taken over their server.  Glad they found the perps and blocked them , but they'll be back...
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2008, 09:39:21 AM »

Yep.  You know, I have read more and more about DoS attacks lately.  I've had websites since 1996 and I've never had an issue because of a denial of service attack.  I suppose this is payback for when I used to be on the other end...

But anyway, I had to block a few IP addresses the other day from here, they were South America and China in origin.  I wonder if they got pissed?  I noticed it when I got on the forum and saw that we had 15 visitors and 2 members.  It's common to have a few guests as some people are truely guests who don't want to log in, and that's ok.  The other guests are usually bots from Google, Yahoo, and other search engine crawlers.  That's ok too.  But, the rest of the guests (like 7 of them) were all from nearly the same IP address, and they were registering for accounts and making errors happen.  That's when I did something.
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