WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
Several readers have emailed and asked why they've been unable to get on SurvivalBlog.com lately. We haven't been able to either. This is the official announcement:
This weekend, our server in Sweden was put under a "ping flood" Denial of Service (DOS) attack that resulted in 65% packet loss for a few hours.
This attack was most likely orchestrated by the man in Texas who last week anonymously sent me a racist rant and threats against both my blog site and my books. (His e-mail began: "You ni**er lover you have five days to take all links and any [sic] metion for [sic] links below off your site. If you [sic] dont [sic] do it I will post [sic] everyone [sic] of [sic] you [sic] cr***y books on [sic] prirate [sic] sites and kiss your ni**er loving income from them good [sic] by [sic] .")
The attack was timed for a three-day holiday weekend, because the miscreants expected that the staff at our ISP would be unavailable to help up reconfigure.
OBTW, the attack did not initially include our dotted quad backup address: 188.8.131.52 (Which is explained here.)
At least this provided a good test for our Continuity of Web Services (COWS) defenses. Obviously, we are now going to need multiple mirror sites as well as an adaptive cloud server that can handle any future DOS onslaught.
The other lesson this teaches is the importance of having a backup. We provide an offline archive of the past six years of SurvivalBlog posts, available for a modest price.
There is also an update posted on the excellent blog The Orange Jeep Dad, so go take a look at that. Please excuse the language, though Orange Jeep Dad did some admirable deleting.
I never fail to shake my head at the astounding depths of hatred which lurk in some people. Please pray that the SurvivalBlog folks can get things straightened out.