Tag Archives: spam attacks on FOTM

FOTM under massive bot attacks, again

The Powers That Be (TPTB) are determined to silence Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM).

8½ years after I founded FOTM on the eve of Christmas Eve, December 23, 2009, our then host-server Word Press burned down the blog on August 15, 2018, with more than 63 million hits  — the equivalent of burning not one book, but a library of books. Facebook also took down FOTM‘s and Dr. Eowyn’s pages.

8 days after, FOTM was revived with another host-server. Since then, we have restored a portion of FOTM‘s contents. The restoration is a continuing undertaking: every day, I discover old posts that I then re-publish. But it is likely that some of our pre-takedown content will never be restored.

Since our restoration with another host-server, FOTM has been attacked again and again — massive DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) and spam bot attacks, designed to incapacitate FOTM by overwhelming our server. The attacks led to episodes when FOTM could not be accessed.

On January 27, 2019, the spam attacks overloaded FOTM‘s data storage capacity, resulting in the freezing of the blog. No new content could be added, including new comments by readers, new posts, or new images.

8 days later, FOTM was restored on a Cloud server, which costs more each month but gives us almost unlimited storage.

But that doesn’t mean FOTM is no longer attacked. It just means that with our enhanced storage capacity, FOTM is better able to withstand and recover from attacks.

Since the publication of our posts on the recent New Zealand mosque shootings, the attacks have greatly intensified. As examples:

  • On Friday night, March 22, 2019, FOTM was down for 4 minutes, from 11:23 pm to 11:27 am.
  • Last night, March 23, FOTM was down for 10 minutes, from 10:14 pm to 10:25 pm.
  • Early this morning, March 24, FOTM was down for 32 minutes, from 12:26 am 12:59 am.

So when FOTM readers can’t access this blog, know that it’s TPTB who are preventing you from doing so because they don’t want you to read the truth. Just keep refreshing the page, and FOTM will eventually come back.

Restoring FOTM again and again cost money, totaling more than $2,000 since last August, which are borne solely by me as a public service, because I love America and I’m terrified about our country’s future. You, as readers, continue to read this blog and freely express your opinion in comments — for free. So the next time a reader gripes about this or that, or issues empty threats of leaving — empty because your departure does not affect this blog one iota — do remember that you are accessing this blog for free and perhaps, instead of complaints and threats, have some appreciation and gratitude instead.

Please continue to pray for us.

For our posts on the New Zealand mosque shootings that particularly rile TPTB, see:

~Eowyn

Better than Drudge Report. Check out Whatfinger News, the Internet’s conservative frontpage founded by ex-military!

Please follow and like us:
0
 

Fellowship of the Minds locked down, attacked by thousands of spam

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.

~Dr. Eowyn

Better than Drudge Report. Check out Whatfinger News, the Internet’s conservative frontpage founded by ex-military!

Please follow and like us:
0