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Old 2006-11-28, 19:38   #1
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We are temporarily suspending reading privileges for "guest" users due to a denial of service attack we are experiencing.

We've been trying to figure out a solution all morning but so far this is the best we can come up with.

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Old 2006-11-28, 23:42   #2
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We are temporarily suspending reading privileges for "guest" users due to a denial of service attack we are experiencing.

We've been trying to figure out a solution all morning but so far this is the best we can come up with.

i say we leave it and guests should sign up to read.
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Old 2006-11-29, 03:42   #3
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i say we leave it and guests should sign up to read.
I disagree strongly. Doing that is the best way to kill interest in the forum.
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Old 2006-11-29, 04:40   #4
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I disagree strongly. Doing that is the best way to kill interest in the forum.
mabey they should have to sign up to read other forums and only be allowed to read / post in general.
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Old 2006-11-29, 11:09   #5
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We agree that making people register to view the forum will reduce readership. We know we dislike having to register at other forums.

Having guests able to just view a single forum sounds like a good idea, but the volume of requests the forum is receiving is so high that even this is not an option at this time.

Simply stated, on average, 10-20 users at a time are legit. Any more than that are the result of the denial of service attack. We even tried to prevent search engines from indexing the forum, thinking that was the problem. (Sometimes the search engine spiders get carried away.)

Hopefully we'll figure something out.

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Old 2006-11-29, 12:06   #6
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the result of the denial of service attack
Why would someone want to DDOS mersenneforum. Who did we upset?

BTW: I hate script kiddies, they are evil. Oops, sorry, I didn't mean to upset anyone
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Old 2006-11-29, 13:08   #7
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What about a short "Please type $Hs=)5 in" message the bots get to see? H.
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Old 2006-11-29, 19:53   #8
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Why would someone want to DDOS mersenneforum. Who did we upset?
Where to start?

I can think of several people who wouldn't behave themselves, even after multiple warnings and a great deal of tolerance, and were subsequently banned.


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Old 2006-11-30, 00:53   #9
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why not make it easy a very simple page before you get to the forum that checks if your registered if you are then it passes you though if not you have to type a combination from one of those scrambled pictures into the box
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Old 2006-11-30, 20:59   #10
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We've been trying to figure out a solution all morning but so far this is the best we can come up with.
How's it going?
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Old 2006-11-30, 21:01   #11
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We've disabled the search feature and turned off the user listing of who is online. We've also changed the forum and thread listings to 10 items. Hopefully this will reduce the load on the database server.
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