Hi Bloggers,

Let me apologize again for the problems that many of you and your readers are experiencing. The attack is ongoing, originating from Turkey and Qatar, and until it stops, Rackspace must block IP ranges in order for the site to be accessible to anyone. They are also unwilling to manually unblock hundreds upon hundreds of individual IPs. They have advised that we invest in a firewall and additional services from them, but we are still working out what these will cost and how effective they will be. I am not sure if I was correct in thinking that these attacks are not malicious, but I said so because we were told the attackers were trying to use our servers as an open proxy, with the request “GET [and here’s the URL of a Turkish website advertising a remedy for lower-back pain] HTTP/1.1.” Upon reflection, I have no idea what that means.

Best wishes,
Wes Dodson


  1. #1 Phillip IV
    March 16, 2011

    Ah yes, a well-known host-side problem, commonly known as the “you didn’t buy all of our security features so we’ll only do a half-assed job of helping you deal with your problems” gambit.

  2. #2 Birger Johansson
    March 18, 2011

    Hoo-ray! My connection finally works!

    To celebrate, I include this Japanimation:
    Nuclear Power Boy’s tummy ache:

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