A few minutes ago, our host server finally unlocked FOTM, so we are back online.
As you no doubt were aware, yesterday, our blog was under severe spam attacks, in spite of our spam blocker/filter, which led to the server locking us down.
The result was that when you tried to access FOTM, you got this error message:
Error destablishing data base connection
To give you an idea of how massive the spam attacks were, below is a screenshot of FOTM‘s activity in the past 24 hours. See the huge spike? That’s the spam attacks.
Our server informed me about the problem via an email:
After further investigation, we found out that the database that’s connected to your website was locked due to spam attacks coming from your website. We sent the case up to our Security Department to unlock the database so you can clean up the spam messages stored in the table. Once unlocked, we will send you an email so you can get access to your database.
To prevent this issue from happening again, please enable security features like a captcha to prevent your website from spambot attacks.
Needless to say, FOTM does have spam block, which was installed when we reactivated FOTM on another server, 1&1, after evil WordPress took us down on August 15, 2018.
Yesterday’s massive spam attacks were the latest version of the Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) bot attacks that began nearly a month ago on November 10, which account for why sometimes you get a blank page when you try to access FOTM. When you do, just keep refreshing the page until you get a substantive page.
See “Fellowship of the Minds under attack,” Nov. 10, 2018.
A distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is a form of cyber attack wherein a website is flooded with incoming traffic originating from many different sources. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single source. A DoS or DDoS attack is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door of a shop, making it hard for legitimate customers to enter.
Since the DDoS attacks that began on November 10 and continuing didn’t dissuade us, the evildoers resorted to massive spam attacks.
The upside of all this is that FOTM clearly is a thorn in the side of evil doers, otherwise, they wouldn’t want us gone.
Thank you for your patience and your prayers.
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