The Recent Eratosphere Slowdown
Most of you must have noticed the agonizing slowdown of the Sphere in the past few days. It was from another massive denial of service attack from spammers--mostly their web bots--just flooding the site with incessant and aggressive access requests.
At some point, the site simply became unusable! I'd been battling the attack for some time now and trying to stem the tide. Since things were just getting out of control, I decided to do something I've been reluctant to do in the past--simply block/ban a massive list of IP addresses from ever connecting again to the Eratosphere and related websites ... that is, once I could investigate in-depth and determine who the main culprits were. I say "reluctant" because banning any block of IP addresses might come with collateral damages--essentially, blocking a few legitimate visitors within the banned blocks. But it was that or continuing to be pinned down by the evildoers! With that, I've now, unfortunately, banned a large block of IP addresses originating from Latvia, Singapore, Bulgaria, and Shenzhen, China. Altogether, it's a block of close to 132,000 IP addresses.
With this massive ban, you might note that our visitor count (at the bottom of the Eratosphere home page) has gone from just a handful of members in conjunction with thousands of "visitors" (mostly hackers' web bots!) to now, a handful of members along with just over a hundred "visitors." And indeed, the site's speed has become acceptably fast/usable again!
As I've indicated, there's likely to be a few innocent, legitimate visitors, alas, even Eratosphere members, who might be affected by this massive ban. So, should you be aware of valid visitors/members in any of the indicated countries likely to be casualties of this massive ban, let me know and I'll endeavor to unblock them individually as the need arises.
To end with a cautionary note, our reprieve might be short lived because it's a cop-and-robbers type situation between the hackers and those trying to stop them. Essentially, these days, these pests, crooks, scammers/spammers are coming out of every nook and cranny of the world. So, it might be only a matter of time before they again gain the upper hand. But should that yet happen, I'll be stopping them again, one way or another!
Thank you all for your continued support!