Sunday, October 25, 2015

Our Church and State website is not accessible for the umpteenth time - this time it's too many hits from a strange user agent called Typhoeus [WITH UPDATE]

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It's pretty incredible. In SiteGround we have one of the best web hosting companies in the world, and we are paying good money to make sure we can cope with high traffic. Yet this evening we cannot access the site and for the umpteenth time. According to SiteGround, there are too many hits for our domain name from a strange user agent called Typhoeus. A Google search reveals that Typhoeus is associated with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). A DDoS attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. Great!

Update (6.04pm): Access to Church and State is restored. SiteGround: "We have blocked the network that is being used by that user agent and now the server should remain working normally."

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If you would like to help us personally, please feel free to pick up one of our books (shameless plug, I know, but every sale helps us to work our way out of our precarious situation). There is currently five books available in Church and State Press here, and all proceeds from the first four of these books go to us with the authors' permission. Thank you all for all the support you have given us, and I hope we can keep our Church and State website going despite the constant threats.