07.27.10

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Why We Will Post More, Not Less

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Servers, Site News, Windows at 11:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Our server has been under some kind of attack for the past day and a half, but we promise/vow to increase our posting pace rather than slow down as a result

IT IS within our capacity to make more posts in this Web site and due to disruptors we will publish more.

By “disruptors” we refer to bots that hammer on our server constantly in big amounts, since 10AM (GMT) yesterday. If you were unable to reach the Web site at times, this is why. Earlier today we suffered a 3-hour downtime because of that nuisance and although it would not quite qualify as DDOS in the full sense*, it has exactly the same effect (even though we suffered some really heavy DDOS attacks last year, lasting days).

“If you were unable to reach the Web site at times, this is why.”We try not spend so much time discussing it as it only feeds agitators and encourages them. In fact, this will be the last post which mentions this subject. There are more worthy news to focus on. We have always gotten past technical difficulties at the end.

If anything, all this obnoxious ordeal we’ve had since yesterday morning will motivate rather than demoralise. We won’t be stopped by such trash. If someone is trying to impede this Web site’s operation/speech, it will only make things worse for that someone.

Speaking of Windows zombies, watch how people’s pockets are being emptied because of Trojan horses for Windows.

Trojan horses that were planted onto the victims’ computers would generate a fake error message and request that the victim re-enter the authorization code. This way, amounts up to €4,000 were transferred to money mules and thence to Eastern Europe. The worrying part is that many cases were never reported to the police, because the bank preferred to refund the money to the victim rather than risking its reputation. The extent of this type of fraud is unknown.

These people lose a lot more than access to their Web site. What is the true damage caused by Windows? Some say trillions of dollars [1, 2].
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* The bots actually identify themselves as Microsoft bots for the most part (far fewer of Yahoo! and anything else, but mostly fake Microsoft bots with forged user-agent strings that don’t make sense). We do filter out what we can, but sometimes the load takes Apache out of commission.

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A Single Comment

  1. twitter said,

    July 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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    People having trouble accessing the site should use your excellent RSS feeds. These contain all text except comments and some images. Because I mainly get my news through Akregator, I’ve had not noticed the lastest wave of attacks.

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