Several days ago our Host Site was completely demolished by a DDoS attack against our SQL server and several other servers on our network.
We know who the Attacker is, oddly enough because they were braggadocios enough to come in and announce themselves BEFORE the attack.
They suggested that we switch from a simple home hosted server for our chat, to a paid server with better protection. Interestingly enough, they just happen to have access to a paid host, who specializes in IRC hosting, and even offers ‘PROTECTION’ from DDoS attacks.
When the attack took place exactly as threatened a short time later, we reported the offender and his company to the company’s service providers, Level3.com and Above.net (which was no easy chore seeing as no direct abuse line or contact phone number was listed anywhere).
They said they would “Look into it”, while we attempted to switch servers for our chat services.
Apparently, during the week long wait for the attack to stop, a copy of our report made it back to the attacker, who upscaled the attack to a full blown assault on our site and SQL server.
This time the report was sent to the FBI’s Internet Crime Unit.
While we waited for more ‘Nothing’ to happen we again attempted to switch server locations. This time the attack followed the DNS move, we could not get away so easily.
Finally, during a ‘low tide’ in the ongoing attack, we redirected all of our domain names to a single IP at the FBI’s Internet Crimes Unit.
Still, nothing has happened, but we are able to get our message out from our home connections, to let all of you know why we are down, and why our site redirects to the FBI.
If Loss of our wp-live-chat plugin function on your wordpress blog has caused you any problems what so ever, you are ENCOURAGED to fill out the complaint form that you are directed to when using older versions of our plugin, or the form presented when you visit our homepage.
Please fill it out using the information on Mr. K. Hall, as presented in the FAQ in the plugins repository here.
(One PO’d Plugin Coder)
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