Cyber attacks continue

malicious hacker

Malicious hacker.

But we’re winning

Well, last weekend was a washout. I got nothing done that I’d planned, dealing instead with electronic warfare and the extensive site disruption it caused. There were glitches turning up everywhere, caused either by the attack itself or by the methods required to combat it.

Almost two whole days were slowly eaten up, but there was no alternative, for exposing climate change misinformation is more important than anything else.

Monday started with promise but quickly went the same way. It ended optimistically, however, as I researched remedies and installed new anti-hacking defences.

Tuesday was heaven: there were no emails to hosting support and no anxiety over the blog data. Instead, I happily caught up with some climate reading and started notes on new posts.

Today began with bad news and my heart sank: our hosting provider was under attack again—only this time it was over in less than an hour with no damage, nothing to clean up and nothing to fix. Huzzah!

It appears there’s nothing you can do about a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack except switch off the incoming line and wait until the hackers tire of their sport. But there’s no need to suffer more than that, and this time we didn’t.

Which means our defensive strategies are sound.

That is, until I get an answer back from the Pentagon. You never know—they might show me how to take things to the next level…


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9 Thoughts on “Cyber attacks continue

  1. Richard C (NZ) on 10/12/2014 at 8:28 pm said:

    A harrowing report, can only imagine the opportunity cost of things not done.

    Some expertise gained though. and yes you’re winning. Well done.

  2. Don’t just accept it. This is a malicious assault equivalent to blackmail & racketeering and is a crime. You should report it to the police and to your politicians and make sure you emphasise the cost to you and that it needs investigating by the police and action taken by politicians.

    • Richard Treadgold on 10/12/2014 at 9:57 pm said:

      Hi Mike,
      You’re right, of course. It’s just so common now that one doesn’t hold the slightest hope of bringing the perpetrators to justice and certainly none of gaining recompense. Most of the attacks originated overseas, where we cannot reach them, not for this crime. Well, I’ll seek some legal advice to see what action might be practicable. Thanks.

  3. Bob+D on 11/12/2014 at 3:31 pm said:

    I ordered you one of these. Arrives Monday, check your letter box.

    • Richard Treadgold on 11/12/2014 at 4:42 pm said:

      Wow! Thanks! My letter box? That’s certainly stealthy!

  4. Simon on 11/12/2014 at 8:53 pm said:

    At least you’re honest in admitting that your goal is to expose climate change misinformation.

    • Richard Treadgold on 11/12/2014 at 9:15 pm said:

      Yes, naturally I’m honest about it. But… er… is your meaning too secret to express? Come on, man! Cat got your tongue?

  5. Andy on 12/12/2014 at 8:33 am said:

    Off topic, but nice work by Greenpeace in Peru who are now facing criminal charges for damage to the Nazca lines

    Just what you would expect from the Green Taliban

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