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Denial of Service Attack on FR?
Alexa Internet Stats ^ | 6/21/2010 | Alexa

Posted on 06/21/2010 5:32:40 AM PDT by sam_paine

"A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of the concerted efforts of a person or people to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely."

Just asking... Plenty of articles on here lately like the gentleman who painted a sign on a truck in his cornfield, and someone who didn't like the message set it ablaze.

If someone would like to reduce the reach and effectiveness of FreeRepublic 20% in a day or two, why bother with laws and FCC internet control etc. Why not just crash the servers?



TOPICS: Free Republic Policy/Q&A
KEYWORDS: dos; down; faq; libertypostdotorg; luciannedotcom; offline; outage; stockpilesong
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As has been mentioned elsewhere, "freerepublic2" on yahoo is not sufficient, nor a good link alternative as identities become exposed through the yahoo registration process, and it is just as vulnerable to "hate speech" shutdowns, etc.


1 posted on 06/21/2010 5:32:41 AM PDT by sam_paine
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To: sam_paine

Good advice.

A DDoS attack was precisely what I thought of yesterday when FR was down for major portions of the day.


2 posted on 06/21/2010 5:34:52 AM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: sauropod

I was wondering myself, because I could not get on until late afternoon yesterday.


3 posted on 06/21/2010 5:36:07 AM PDT by Biggirl (Pray for the people and animals affected in the Gulf of Mexico by oilspill. =^..^=)
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To: sam_paine

This is good advice.


4 posted on 06/21/2010 5:36:17 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: sauropod; John Robinson

Do we know for sure what took it down?


5 posted on 06/21/2010 5:37:54 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: sam_paine

I worry every time FR is down...not often, but still scary


6 posted on 06/21/2010 5:38:17 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Blogger

I’m not an expert, but I thought it might have something to do with this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2538560/posts


7 posted on 06/21/2010 5:39:34 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Maybe transfering to new servers then?

But if they were, Jim Robinson should have posted a message a day or two earlier, to let pet know so as to not to get worried.


8 posted on 06/21/2010 5:42:10 AM PDT by Biggirl (Pray for the people and animals affected in the Gulf of Mexico by oilspill. =^..^=)
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To: sauropod

It’s still very slow for me today.Anyone else?


9 posted on 06/21/2010 5:42:32 AM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I’m not an expert, but I thought it might have something to do with this:

LOL! I was thinking the same, but you beat me to it.

I'm glad FR's back...I missed her yesterday.

But she's still loading really sloooow around these parts.

10 posted on 06/21/2010 5:42:49 AM PDT by MamaTexan (Dear GOP - "We Suck Less" is ~NOT~ a campaign platform)
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To: sam_paine

Information is power and we are going to need it in the coming days. I honestly wish Freepers would set up an emergency contact system....right down to the state and local levels.


11 posted on 06/21/2010 5:42:58 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: sam_paine

I was wondering if they were taking out the Sunday Morning Talk Thread? Most read thread of the week.

Pray for America


12 posted on 06/21/2010 5:44:43 AM PDT by bray (Did Rush say Complete Failure?)
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To: sam_paine

I was wondering if Jim or John had any theories on what’s been happening?


13 posted on 06/21/2010 5:46:15 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: sam_paine

There were several down and slow sites yesterday. The gooks are probing the wire.


14 posted on 06/21/2010 5:47:40 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: SumProVita

I honestly wish Freepers would set up an emergency contact system....right down to the state and local levels.

I agree.


15 posted on 06/21/2010 5:47:59 AM PDT by Chickensoup (The Acting President....is an incompetent puppet of Soros.)
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To: MamaTexan

Same here! I did, however, get alot of work done around the house!! LOL


16 posted on 06/21/2010 5:48:27 AM PDT by gibsosa
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To: massmike

Yes. Very slow.


17 posted on 06/21/2010 5:49:01 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: nuconvert

“Information is power and we are going to need it in the coming days. I honestly wish Freepers would set up an emergency contact system....right down to the state and local levels.”

I would say we have until November. If the RATS hold the House and Senate then go out and get that shortwave.


18 posted on 06/21/2010 5:49:47 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Conservatives are producers. Liberals are parasites)
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To: sam_paine

Waking up an hour before the wife on a weekend and logging on to FR has replaced the old days of the Sunday paper and a cup of coffee for me. Logging on and finding it aint there a bad start to a day.


19 posted on 06/21/2010 5:51:13 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: sauropod
When it came back up, "Views" was working, this morning it's not, at least on my end
20 posted on 06/21/2010 5:56:05 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo (INTEGRATE or VACATE: BoycottMexicoNow.com)
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To: massmike

“It’s still very slow for me today.Anyone else?”

Yes, painfully slow!


21 posted on 06/21/2010 6:01:51 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: chuck_the_tv_out; MrShoop; Dallas59; Star Traveler; NoLibZone; hamboy; CutePuppy; FES0844; ...

During Limbaugh’s drug daze, I wondered what would happen to conservative leadership if he fell off.

There was nobody at the time who could take his place. What if Rush just “went Galt” at that point?

Now, at least, there’s Mark Steyn...he could certainly take over...but before that, we had a single point of failure in the network.

With all due respect and appreciation to Jim and John “Thompson” =) — There is no backup mirror. freerepublic2 on yahoo is the Mark Belling/Davis equivalent!! If either/both of those two gentlemen “go Galt” or just get fed up with it, that’s it!

There must be a mirror system, geographically disparate, automatically failing-over in real time.

When I say “must” it means that for better or worse, FR is not just a fix, it is a critical lynch-pin in the American conservative movement.

And thus it is a strategic target for the 5th column. And for now, it’s such an easy target.


22 posted on 06/21/2010 6:05:05 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

agreed. Free dominion is out of canada at this time

Perhaps we need a parallel processing system outside of the reach of the US.

And a listing of us. In reality, If the governement wants to know who we are it can strain or has already strained our IP addresses.


23 posted on 06/21/2010 6:09:22 AM PDT by Chickensoup (The Acting President....is an incompetent puppet of Soros.)
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To: sam_paine
In the "old days", many users connected to one another with modem based dial-in Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) using Fidonet. FReepers would be wise to familiarize themselves with both BBS ware and Fidonet.


24 posted on 06/21/2010 6:09:58 AM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: sam_paine
What is the alternative for Conservatives? The Left has the Daily Koz, and the Huffington Post, and the DU to fall back on among other lesser web sites. All I can think of for a major live chat forum got conservatives is FR.
25 posted on 06/21/2010 6:11:38 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: sam_paine

I agree. With as large of a readership as FR has, we must have a mirror site, preferably with a server that Obama can’t turn off.


26 posted on 06/21/2010 6:12:25 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Biggirl

Me, tooo...just mentioned it on later thread...glad it wasn’t because of my stupidity but I smell a rat!
A harbinger of things to come?
They’ll never get away with it....


27 posted on 06/21/2010 6:13:12 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: rj45mis

Same here, off and on again. It’s been like that in the past, though, and I just attributed it to alot of traffic.


28 posted on 06/21/2010 6:19:13 AM PDT by brktxpyr
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To: rj45mis

Its war, its been declared that FR must be made impotent.

Now its possible Jim is just having some server problems but there is an area surrounding Fresno thats been under attack as well.

I think its no coincidence at all.

Its time for FR to get hardened, and I mean whatever it takes.

Yes the moderators have been a bit busy lately but thats because there has been a surge of incriminating comments that are worthy of drawing the ire of certain law enforcement agencies. An honest thread becomes hijacked with illegal directives, and it will get pulled.
But anyhow, from what I see elsewhere there is a desperation thats bordering upon outright panic from the left recently, everything they stand for is being exposed, and like rats in a bucket are jumping at anything to fight back.


29 posted on 06/21/2010 6:20:30 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
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To: sam_paine

During Limbaugh’s drug daze, I wondered what would happen to conservative leadership if he fell off.

You are talking big money!


30 posted on 06/21/2010 6:20:41 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: massmike

It took 46 seconds to load the reply page for my comments. That is with DSL. I’m betting it will take at least 30 seconds more for the preview, and another wait of equal amount to actually post. This is worse than dialup back in the days of 300 baud modems.


31 posted on 06/21/2010 6:21:37 AM PDT by wita
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To: massmike

Slower than a snail in molasses


32 posted on 06/21/2010 6:26:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Shortwave radio? One of my kids home school friends built a Ham radio, I don’t know a blasted thing about them. Range, Channels, needed power supply, ect..? Oh ya, to steel the early propaganda from the left- Think local, that’s where our power is. Local groups can unite with other regional, then national groups


33 posted on 06/21/2010 6:32:17 AM PDT by foundedonpurpose
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To: pyx
In the "old days", many users connected to one another with modem based dial-in Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) using Fidonet. FReepers would be wise to familiarize themselves with both BBS ware and Fidonet.

I see this posted a bunch around here. And as someone who started with acoustic-coupled 300baud modems.....

IT'S NOT AN OPTION.

Finally, if we don't have phone number call-trees for individuals, who's to suggest that we'll get modem numbers down that can be swamped by DoS again anyway?
34 posted on 06/21/2010 6:37:16 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Eye of Unk

Its time for FR to get hardened, and I mean whatever it takes.

I agree. My pockets aren’t deep, but I’m more than willing to assist in ridding FR of the infernal and ever increasing outages. If it takes a pay site and logon security as good or better than online banking, bring it on!

Took 45 seconds to load the reply page. Not counting preview, any error corrections and the final Post. That is about three minutes per comment, not counting the 45 seconds for the initial page load.


35 posted on 06/21/2010 6:37:30 AM PDT by wita
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To: wita

I thought it was just me!!


36 posted on 06/21/2010 6:40:18 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: pyx

Was part of Fidonet, and loved it...before Windows, and before we had internet access. Thinking back, it was a great experience. We learned all about computers from 12 year olds, etc., and even had friends walk us through hardware repairs on the phone. It was a great resource! Yes, we could go back!


37 posted on 06/21/2010 6:41:40 AM PDT by vharlow
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To: pyx

Was part of Fidonet, and loved it...before Windows, and before we had internet access. Thinking back, it was a great experience. We learned all about computers from 12 year olds, etc., and even had friends walk us through hardware repairs on the phone. It was a great resource! Yes, we could go back!


38 posted on 06/21/2010 6:42:05 AM PDT by vharlow
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To: pyx

Was part of Fidonet, and loved it...before Windows, and before we had internet access. Thinking back, it was a great experience. We learned all about computers from 12 year olds, etc., and even had friends walk us through hardware repairs on the phone. It was a great resource! Yes, we could go back!


39 posted on 06/21/2010 6:42:33 AM PDT by vharlow
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To: The Wizard
I worry every time FR is down...not often, but still scary

Yesterday, especially, I wondered if the day without FR was something that would soon become months and years when the Obamists get their way.

ML/NJ

40 posted on 06/21/2010 6:48:55 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: vharlow

See Post 34.


41 posted on 06/21/2010 6:50:50 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: vharlow
I remind you that back in the BBS and Compuserve days we still had to rely on the NY Times and CBS for news. You might even still think that Obama was actually eligible to hold the office he does.

ML/NJ

42 posted on 06/21/2010 6:54:34 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: sam_paine; All

Good post/thread/advice. I couldn’t get on yesterday until late afternoon and it’s very slow today.

Be prepared to rebuild. (Guns, ammo, food, fuel, family, friends, FRiends, network, Constitution)


43 posted on 06/21/2010 6:58:19 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: sam_paine

Why don’t we set up a section by state where FReepers can contact each other? I know that there are FReepers in my area but I have no idea who they are.


44 posted on 06/21/2010 7:01:44 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: sam_paine; vharlow
IT'S NOT AN OPTION.

Three very good reasons on why it would not work. Could Obama and the LEFT shut down all phone traffic ? (The likely DO have the desire, but I don't think they have the ability, yet.)

None-the-less, in the world BEFORE http, we used Citadel and Fidonet and single line connections. Would several FReepers be able to post 4+ meg pictures of scantily clad women in bathing suits and squander limited bandwidth, like they do now ? Nope.

Such systems like BBS ware and Fidonet still might be worth considering. It might be a good idea that FReepers to have a Bootable CD ready with at least a bootable version of Knoppix on it available.

External 56K FAX/modems are available for $25.00.
45 posted on 06/21/2010 7:07:14 AM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: SVTCobra03

Love that idea!


46 posted on 06/21/2010 7:13:59 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: PGalt
Be prepared to rebuild. (Guns, ammo, food, fuel, family, friends, FRiends, network, Constitution)

That's really the key. All the talk of "stocking up" creates an image in my mind of all of us riding out the collapse of the Constitution, and being well fed and uselessly armed when we wake up isolated and ineffective in a totalitarian tomorrow.

Whoever manages and precipitates the crisis will control the outcome.

Whoever manages and precipitates the crisis will control the outcome.

Those who are prepared for what's to come may likely remain observers.

We don't want the Federal Government to fall, just to revert control back to the individual states.

If we don't make that happen now while the Constitutional framework for it exists, then we're not going to return to it after chaos rules.

47 posted on 06/21/2010 7:15:11 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: All

I suggest a little education!
http://www.arrl.org/licensing-education-training

Complete information on obtaining your license. It isnot hard as they have removed the Morse Code requirement. As smart as you all are could probably pass the multiple guess theory inside of a month.
I volunteer my time at the EOC of the County performing communications tasks and building a real Ham station in a hardened bunker. We now have a 100’ tower atop a big hill populated with antennas for all bands from DC to light.

I also have an old tube type transmitter/receiver in case of EMP. I believe we are not far from anarchy in the streets. We saw what happened in Iran when things went bad. They shut down access. Or tried to :)


48 posted on 06/21/2010 7:15:34 AM PDT by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: SVTCobra03

There are state boards.


49 posted on 06/21/2010 7:17:08 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; SVTCobra03
FR state boards links.
50 posted on 06/21/2010 7:20:43 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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