Looks like the attack is finally petering off and life is returning to normal here in the Shire.
Turns out that it wasn’t a referrer spam attack, per se, but rather that some complete idiot (i.e., me) had somehow clicked the shiny little button that turns Apache into a proxy server. This is bad, very bad, sticking a fork in a toaster bad, as the Internet is constantly being crawled for open proxies, which are then used for various sundry things like hacking porn sites and sending out instant messaging spam. This article nails it right on the head, including a lot of the things we were seeing in the logs.
Needless to say, am feeling quite non-1337 at the moment. Not liking the feeling much. But life is a journey, blah blah, etc. So lesson learned: No open proxies for you.
Going to go ahead and run Nessus to make sure I didn’t overlook anything else stupid-obvious.
Posted Tuesday, 25 January, 2005 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.