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Help Needed On A Website Problem

Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:30 am

Hi everyone;
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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RE: Help Needed On A Website Problem

Thu Jan 13, 2005 1:21 am

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.

Who attacks a charitable organization??
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RE: Help Needed On A Website Problem

Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:27 am

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.
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RE: Help Needed On A Website Problem

Thu Jan 13, 2005 12:31 pm

yep look at your lock files and then block the IP... if its a bunch of ips then your somehow getting alot of hits then just throw an add banner up and let the cash roll in lol
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RE: Help Needed On A Website Problem

Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:38 am

Basically, you have to find who the referrer is in your logs. Then you have to create a .htaccess file (if you use apache) with the following:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_referer} ^http://(www.)?offendingsite.com
RewriteRule .* http://www.yahoo.com [C]

What this does, is takes every hit that is directed by www.offendingsite.com and sends it to yahoo.com. I can think of better places to send those hits, but yahoo.com will work for the example.

It is much better to insert this in the httpd.conf file. This file is only accessible by root access.

If you need further help setting this up, let me know.
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RE: Help Needed On A Website Problem

Sat Jan 15, 2005 5:48 am

I have a really nasty site, If you really want to get some revenge... Email me through my profile... If anyone wants to see it  Big grin

Although I fore-warn you that it isn't pleasant.

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