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#1    Saru

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:38 PM

Update
Ok so what we originally thought was a denial of service attack has turned out to be a huge influx of traffic to the site as Google has featured "unexplained phenomena" as their logo picture link of the day and we're listed at the top.

While this is great news for UM it does mean that the site is going to be practically inaccessable come peak time due to being hammered with traffic, so its something of a mixed blessing.

We're still working with our server provider to minimize disruption however it'll be a case of weathering the storm for a while, things should return to normal again in a day or so.

Note: Some of the site's features have been disabled for now to help cope with the load.

Edited by Saru, 05 September 2009 - 10:50 AM.


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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:54 PM

Must be quite an idiot to attack UM... nothing to be gained by that.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:04 AM

The same gain that a child has when using a magnifying glass on ants.  It is bullying, nothing more, nothing less.


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:13 AM

Exactly what would the people who run the server have to gain from something like this?

I remember the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another." - J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:18 AM

View PostMoro Bumbleroot, on 05 September 2009 - 12:13 AM, said:

Exactly what would the people who run the server have to gain from something like this?

Umm...good customer service?  And a reputation for not allowing DOS attacks on their sites?


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:33 AM

I thought it was something to do with the database.


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:54 AM

Ah. Go away mean people! D<

Thanks for the heads up, Saru. *Sighs*


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:49 AM

View Postquestionmark, on 04 September 2009 - 11:54 PM, said:

Must be quite an idiot to attack UM... nothing to be gained by that.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:50 AM

Thanks for the update... I was wondering why everything was going turtle sloooooowww... I posted a long response in another thread, then it vanished and said that the site was too busy, when I came back it had been eaten... then the next time I copy/pasted the response on a word document as a backup before trying to post in case it got eaten again lol...


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 05:16 AM

Ahh...I was wondering why things were acting a bit screwy. :unsure2:

Thanks for letting us know.  :tu:

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 06:51 AM

View PostSaru, on 04 September 2009 - 11:38 PM, said:

Our server is currently at the receiving end of a Denial of Service attack, we are currently working with our server provider to resolve this however in the meantime the site will load much slower than usual.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Hey Saru, has this got anything to do with clicking google's logo returning a link to the UM site? Traffic overload?
http://www.unexplain...howtopic=163296


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 09:05 AM

View Postfandango, on 05 September 2009 - 06:51 AM, said:

Hey Saru, has this got anything to do with clicking google's logo returning a link to the UM site? Traffic overload?
http://www.unexplain...howtopic=163296
Well i'll be damned, your absolutely correct, that would explain what's happening.


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 11:25 AM

I found this about Google and how its figured or something like that,



Google’s "Unexplained Phenomenon" Logo


The Google US homepage and other local Google homepages are currently showing a UFO logo doodle (the flying saucer shown seems to kidnap the a letter from the logo). In the US, the search query linked from the logo is unexplained phenomenon. Does anyone know if there’s a special story behind this logo appearing today?

[Thanks Moses and DeSalvionjr!]

Update: WebSonic points to the following info from Wikipedia:

On September 5th, 2009, Google tweeted out “1.12.12 25.15.21.18 15 1.18.5 2.5.12.15.14.7 20.15 21.19”, a cipher for “all your ’O’ are belong to us”. The cipher was based on a straight alpha-numeric transliteration, wherein 1=a, 2=b, 3=c, etc., Google coincided this tweet with a www.google.com homepage graphic in which a UFO is abducting the second ’O’ in Google.
[Thanks WebSonic!]



http://blogoscoped.c...-09-05-n62.html


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Posted 05 September 2009 - 05:09 PM

o-o

Some buttons aren't even loading. And I tried to log in earlier. And I got a page not found. And the board itself wouldn't show.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 05:35 PM

View Postthefinalfrontier, on 05 September 2009 - 11:25 AM, said:

I found this about Google and how its figured or something like that,



Google’s "Unexplained Phenomenon" Logo
That logo is now showing in the U.S. I'm sure alot of people are clicking on it and U.M. being number two that the traffic has really picked up here, putting alot of stress on the database. I aslo think google has changed its search results some are calling it a google caffeine update.





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