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.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.