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PyjamaBaby

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Thanks Moo for working so hard to get ADISC back up and running.

What has everybody been doing with their spare time while not on ADISC?

Was anybody worried ADISC was not coming back?

I found the tweet about DDOS attack, so knew that Moo was working on it. Why would someone do that to us little innocents?

Hope everyone is ok. I missed the forum [emoji64]
 

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Stupid, non-computer type question. What does DDOS stand for?
 

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Distributed denial of service.

As a further explanation, a DoS (denial of service) attack is where a computer bombards a server with so many requests that it can't respond quickly enough and stops responding to genuine connections. However, it's easy to identify the computer performing the attack, so it can be blocked and traced.

A DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack is similar, except the attacker controls a botnet of infected machines to launch the attack. This makes it harder to block the attack (as the server is being attacked by so many different machines), and harder to identify the attacker as his machine isn't directly attacking the server.

Just in case you were wondering...

Why would someone do that to us little innocents?

Yeah -- I wondered that, too. It seems like a pretty pointless exercise. Maybe the attackers don't have the skills to attack a bigger website, or maybe they lack the intellect or political awareness to attack worthy targets.
 
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I wonder, how many (such as myself), noticed a lag or boggyness, in page/site loading times just prior to the shut-out?

At the time, I couldn't determine if the issue was on my end or not; and, I went busy observing my network activity monitor... running scans, comparing to other website loading times, etc...

Would reporting this then, have been any help to a defensive stand... Or, does this level of hits, set off alarms of some sort anyway?

Also, how would we find out if our own computers were enslaved to this or, similar operations?

I'm not sure of it but, I even recall wondering if my cpu fan wasn't running up and more constant than usual, just around that time... I've been at a bit of a disadvantage for clear and concise observation lately...

I'm going to take part to look into it further on my end... if anyone has any short-cuts on how to check and/or protect from having our own machines taken over, I would be very interested to hear it!



My notion of why someone would choose to attack us might be because, we are perhaps less likely to call for or gain assistance due to our unique proclivities... and yet, we are a pretty well maintained website... with not an insignificant member base... someone's using us for target practice? Short of that.... a disgruntled someone or other?

Anyway, my best to all!
-Marka
 

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I'm not sure of it but, I even recall wondering if my cpu fan wasn't running up and more constant than usual, just around that time...

Almost certainly unrelated. The bandwidth of even the best internet connection in the world is nothing compared to that between different parts of a CPU, or even between CPU and RAM. Your computer could be executing a DOS all day and night and still not be using more than a minute percentage of its processing capacity. That's what makes malware and botnets so insidious - you can play a part in all sorts of cyber-warfare without it ever impacting on your computer's usability. Processes that use lots of computational power are far easier to detect, and kill, after all.
 

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Moo, thanks for fixing the problem promptly. I, like others was concerned that it was going to be another DPF-type situation. Is there a way we can get in touch with you in the future if this happens again? Or, even better are there warning signs that we can be aware of or actions we can take to prevent something like this from happening?
 

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Yes, Moo, thank you for getting this website back up and running.
 

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Thanks Moo from Virginia. I wondered if the attack was from a disgruntled banned member? We seem to small to be much of a target unless some 4 chan asshole hates adult babies. I wondered if other diaper sites had been hit. I know DD was up and running.

As for one of the questions, I thought we'd be up and running, but I was also worried. Moo does all the work to keep us together as a family, but with little reward. I need to talk to my wife about shuttling some monetary support to adisc.
 

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I was lost and lonely without ADISC, thankfully the few other subject forums I frequent were still up but my day just ain't right with out a visit here.
I too wondered who would take the time and trouble to mess with a harmless group of diaper fans. I guess some people are unable to love anything and become haters.
Many thanks Moo for getting ADISC back up and running, your efforts are greatly appreciated!
 

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Also, how would we find out if our own computers were enslaved to this or, similar operations?

The best way is to regularly scan with anti-virus and anti-malware software, and to make sure you install the latest security patches.

Personally, I use the free versions of Avast Antivirus, and SpywareBlaster (which blocks malicious domains). Periodic scans with MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware and adwCleaner are worth doing occasionally, too. Maybe a few anti-rootkit scans too:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-free-portable-rootkit-removers/

I'm going to take part to look into it further on my end... if anyone has any short-cuts on how to check and/or protect from having our own machines taken over, I would be very interested to hear it!

Even if your PC is infected, it would be needle-in-a-haystack odds that your PC just happened to be used in any particular attack, so it's not really worth looking for any clues to the attack from your end.

But, of course it's worth checking that you don't have any malware infections that could be used to launch similar attacks.
 

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:thumbsup: good work getting it back up, and you did it pretty fast to.
 

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Yes, Moo, thank you for getting this website back up and running.

Thanks, Moo. I concur. I was very concern when I couldn't log on to ADISC. I figured it had to be some tech problem. I just kept trying until finally ADISC was back up and running again. Again, many thanks for your efforts for our community.
 
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