Pardon the Mess: Denial of Service Attack on Colorado Pols

A quick note to apologize again for downtime this morning–a very large amount of traffic swamped the site moments ago, forcing our system administrations to block all access to our database. Some users received a "site suspended" message as a result of the temporary blocking of database access calls.

Our hosting company is presently working to determine the origin of this large spurt of traffic, but it appears consistent initially with what's known in the industry as a "denial of service" attack–an attack where web servers are flooded with bogus requests to deny access to legitimate users. Such attacks can be difficult to precisely determine based on their distributed nature, often taking advantage of thousands of infected computers to flood servers–which looks maddeningly similar to normal web traffic. Regardless of what you might call this, we understand from our hosts that this is almost certainly intentional.

We've been working to manage trouble that crops up from time to time with our WordPress installation, but by all accounts this appears to be different, so we're taking the unusual step of letting people know what happened. Should it recur, or become a major ongoing problem for us, it's possible there is a…nontechnical aspect to what's happening. We don't know that yet, but if we find out that's what's happening, we'll be a lot more vocal.

In the meantime, carry on.

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    I love how the wingers declared Pols bankrupt in seconds though! Sorry asswipes, that's the Colorado Observer.

  2. ZappateroZappatero says:

    So now we know what Carnegie does in his spare time when not posting bullshit "facts" and stolen political cartoons………

  3. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Are you sure Daddy Frackbucks Polis is paying the bills on time? :)

  4. DawnPatrol says:

    Badge of honor, Pols.

    The "phreedum uv speach" Teabag/Ammosexual fascists must think you and your commenters worth silencing. Put another way: Nerve struck — deeply.

    Our resident trolls might be considered suspects, or at the very least, are probably likely to have knowledge of the perpetrators.

    • Andrew Carnegie says:

      DP, I presume you mean by the resident trolls, Mod and I.

      Why would we want to deny ourselves access to your postings and our ability to resond to them?  

      If I am a suspect or likely to have knowlege of the perpetrators, please enlighten me how I did it or how I know who did it.

       

       

      • BlueCat says:

        Why do even bother to post here?  You never stray from the party line so we all know what your response will be to any given thing without needing to read it. The rest of us disagree with each other, often in fairly unpredictable ways, and often disagree with this or that Dem pol. Various of us often support some of a particular Dem pol's stands but not others. We disagree on what issues should be considered deal breakers or if any one issues should be enough of a deal breaker to cause us to refuse to vote for a Dem even though that could contribute to the victory of a worse R.  We have to read each other's comments to find out about and explore those disagreements.

        Meanwhile, you two are so cookie cutter Borg predictable that there is no reason to read your comments to find out what you have to say or why you say it. You just take up space, AC.  If you never posted here again , nothing would be lost. We have plenty of other ways of finding out what the rightie talking points are. We don't need you to tell us.  You're completely redundant.

      • horseshit GOP front grouphorseshit GOP front group says:

        AC, don't worry about the DNS attack.  We know you don't know shit.

  5. DavieDavie says:

    And if it does turn out to be AFP (et al) — no doubt the cheap bastards outsourced the job to the Chinese!

    • BlueCat says:

      Whoever it turns out to be will no doubt be rightie connected and, again no doubt, AC and Modster will fail to be even slightly critical.

      • ct says:

        NRSC did a spam retweet dump on #copolitics the same time the DOS attack occured.  I tried to post some of them here, but the guvs have to moderate it as it must haae looked spammy (I should have written it in a Slavic language to get thru the spam filters, I guess).  

  6. ct says:

    Interesting that at the same time as the DOS attack, the NRSC was spam-retweeting its post… 

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  7. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Now, all of a sudden, when I open the main page, all the videos start on autoplay in an erie cacophany.

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