One reason for my journal is to document some pretty arcane technical
information, like … oh … surviving
a DDoS attack.
Good thing too, because one of the servers I manage—the ones that
typically get hacked and attacked,
was under attack today.
Annoying, but nothing that I couldn't handle.
After blocking some 3,100 IP
addresses, I was of the opinion that the source addresses were forged.
While it's possible that some hacker or hackers had control of thousands of
zombie boxes, it was curious as to why they were attacking the particular
sites—just small marketing sites that, as it turned out, were no longer
Once I found out the sites under attack (all under the same IP address) were no longer needed, it
was a simple matter to take down the IP address under attack.
You have my permission to link freely to any entry here. Go
ahead, I won't bite. I promise.
The dates are the permanent links to that day's entries (or
entry, if there is only one entry). The titles are the permanent
links to that entry only. The format for the links are
simple: Start with the base link for this site: http://boston.conman.org/, then add the date you are
interested in, say 2000/08/01,
so that would make the final URL:
You can also specify the entire month by leaving off the day
portion. You can even select an arbitrary portion of time.
You may also note subtle shading of the links and that's
intentional: the “closer” the link is (relative to the
page) the “brighter” it appears. It's an experiment in
using color shading to denote the distance a link is from here. If
you don't notice it, don't worry; it's not all that
It is assumed that every brand name, slogan, corporate name,
symbol, design element, et cetera mentioned in these pages is a
protected and/or trademarked entity, the sole property of its
owner(s), and acknowledgement of this status is implied.