I spent about half the day on Saturday practicing computer server judo to counteract a fairly major “brute-force” attack on this little website of mine. Fun.
What happened was that some individual somewhere on the globe unleashed a couple hundred computer servers, most of which tried to gain access to the site by calling up the administrative log-in page and guessing the user/password. I have things set so no one gains access that way, but so many different computer servers tried this gambit simultaneously that it acted almost like what is known as a denial-of-service attack. So much traffic tries to access your website that legitimate visitors have trouble seeing you site.
I tightened up security on the site, updated a few files and locked out a few of the most-offensive computer networks involved and, for now at least, website operations are back to something resembling normal. Sorry for the inconvenience if you couldn’t reach us here.
Why me? I dunno, it’s not like we keep valuable data stored in the back-room coffee can. As Rand Quaid said in The Paper, “it was your turn.”