This bucolic little neighborhood of cyberspace has been under attack from a zombie army of referrer spam computers the last few days. These machines have been hitting the site enough that it’s been groaning under the load. But that’s not the worst of it: The poor little DSL line that connects this site to the rest of the world is shared by several other sites sitting on a different computer, and a flabbergasting amount of available bandwidth has been eaten by the zombies.
This sucks hard, for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps the most galling thing is that this site does not run a public referrer page, so there is absolutely no reason to hit it with referrer spam. None, zilch, nada, zippo. But there the horde of zombies stands, pounding mindlessly away.
In order to alleviate the pain, we have started to firewall off what seems like half the Internet in order to staunch the wound and give the server and Internet connection some breathing room.
Also disturbing is that the horde is growing–more and more machines are being brought in. But probably the worst thing is that a lot of the URLs they are trying to get on the referrer list make absolutely no sense. It’s mind boggling.
So, since some complete asshole wants to make a quick buck, I’m spending an evening looking at firewall rules instead of being with my family. Asshole. Asshole. Asshole.
At first it was actually kind of amusing to watch the flood and see what was going to happen, but then my gracious host Joe called and said, “The blinking lights are killing me,” referring to the little ecstasy-fueled dance party happening with the activity LEDs on the DSL modem.
Looks like we’ve knocked the frequency down a bit at this point–big thanks to Joe for digging in.
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Posted Friday, 21 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.