Yhmfan From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 607 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2401 times:
I am a member of a charitable organization. Recently, our website went down and i just received an e-mail from one of the other members that describe the problem in layman's terms. I don't know much more than the e-mail says but does anyone have any ideas?
The site is being attacked by a barrage of traffic, which according to Jim is coming in by the way of pop-ups. He is mystified as to why a pop up would have our website address, but there you have it. With the increased traffic "HITS", the bandwidth "the room" on the site is being consumed. Right now we are getting so many of these "visitors" that we are using up an entire month's bandwidth in less than 7 days.
He hopes to have a resolution soon. Jim also indicated that if someone out there has experience with the problem and its resolution, please let him know how it can be resolved
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NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2389 times:
Sounds more like a denial of service attack (DOS-attack).
Pop-ups need to be implemented on other sites, but I may indeed be wrong here.
Ask your hoster to block access to your website so the attack won't eat up your budget. Some day the attack will come to an end.
Start a legal investigation, 'though it's not very likely you'll find out who is responsible for the attack. At least not if the attack is a DOS-attack and the guy behind it is halfway clever.
Thecoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2372 times:
Look in your log files to see what IP address or host name that the pop-up request is coming from. Then have your webmaster block all requests to that IP address or host name. You may also want to report the administrator of that IP address of host name to authorities.