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Old 08-27-2003, 11:36 AM   #1
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Site access ~ Up and Down

If you've had problems getting to RHSS this morning and part of yesterday, it's being caused by a denial of service at our server's host site. Just like the people that have too much time on their hands that write and spread computer viruses, there are people that write programs that deliberately crash web servers just for the fun of it. This is what is happening this week. It's not RHSS that they're attacking, it's our host where our server is located - Rackspace. Who BTW is the largest dedicated server provider in the world.

For those of you that don't know how a denial of service is done, this might help paint a picture in your mind and make it a little clearer.

When you type in a website URL in your browser, you are a little drop of water going thru a huge pipe to get to the website. A ton of drops can get thru this huge pipe at the same time without any problems. Someone comes along writes a program that breaks open a dam and sends a huge flood of water banging at the opening of the pipe over and over and over every second. Drops of water can't get in because the flood is blocking them.

Just like the people that get their kicks out of writing viruses that crash your computer, there are people that get their kicks out of bringing down websites.

Thought you'd like to know what's going on since it's happened 2 days in a row. It's out of our control and Rackspace is doing their best to keep us up.
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Old 08-27-2003, 11:40 AM   #2
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thanks linda. not nice what is happening, but it's good to know what is going on.

btw.....great analogy. put so all of us lay people can really understand it!
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Old 08-27-2003, 01:09 PM   #3
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Yup, DOS attacks are the scourge of the internet, even ahead of Spammers.
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Thanks, for the update, Linda. I haven't had trouble today, but did yesterday. I may have missed the problems today because I was late getting online today.
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Thanks

Thought it was on my end. Glad to see you up and running. Maybe these guys need to find a better hobby...like sweeping.

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I was nervous, too - thought somethig was wrong here! Thanks for the update and the explanation.
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