If you had attempted to come online to our site last Friday or Saturday, you would have found a blank screen. For hours, the OB Rag was down – “suspended” – due to an internet attack against us. That’s right – we’ve been in somebody’s cross-hairs and they disrupted our service – at least 4 times over the last week. Technically called a DDOS – a dedicated denial of service – somebody swarmed our server with hundreds, maybe thousands of different IP addresses sending us stuff – and in the process overwhelming our server, who then suspends us until the problem is removed.
When we spoke to our tech support late last week and Saturday, he said that the attack is directly targeting the Rag. He can’t tell us where the attack is originating because the incoming connections change constantly and come from legit IP addresses. The attacker is using zombie or bot computers to accomplish this. Zombie or bot computers are computers like yours or mine that have been breached in some small way and contribute to the attack without the knowledge of the individual user.
We have no proof this is a right wing attack, but it is definitely an attack on us … who else would do this to us? Someone said they wouldn’t be surprised if it was due to our stance against NDAA or that it could be main stream media … who knows, all conjecture at this point.
What to do?
We have been investigating other hosts and are looking at one that specializes in DDOS attacks. We also looked at several different “Cloud Hosts” but in doing more reading just being in the “Cloud” won’t protect us from being shut down by a provider during an attack. They still have to protect their resources. And approaching a host asking about DDOS attack prevention may keep them from even accepting us on their servers.
One host that does specialize in DDOS attack protection charges $119 a month for their low end hosting, the next level is $139 for twice the bandwidth filtering. And it appears we may need to start at the lower end and move up if we need to.
We do need help. It definitely looks like we need to do a pricey upgrade to keep publishing. And we then need to call upon you, dear reader, for help.
To aid in your assistance to us, we have set up a “recurring donation” option through PayPal. We are asking readers and supporters to donate between $1 and $10 a month and it will be charged to your credit or debit card each month. These are small amounts, but they would mean a lot to us, especially if we can get 50+ people to do it. So, check out these options in our side bar near the top of the column, next to this post.
Plus people can still make one-time larger donations if they wish – using the larger “donate” bar above the PayPal button.
As Doug Porter said: “They say cut back. We say fight back!” We are not giving up. We will continue to publish our views, commentary, and news.
We will survive!
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