Patterico's Pontifications

4/28/2006

DoS Attack

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 6:42 pm

This blog and many other conservative blogs have been inaccessible for much of today due to a denial of service attack on my host, Hosting Matters.

My apologies for any inconvenience.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has details on the attack here.

19 Responses to “DoS Attack”

  1. Interesting that there seems to be no attack on liberal websites. Wonder why?

    Huey (81c03e)

  2. Huey, you are not the only one who is asking that question.

    Paul (c169e9)

  3. Do a lot of liberal sites use Hosting Matters?

    Patterico (156eed)

  4. Patterico, TalkLeft apparently does and has been having problems also.

    James B. Shearer (fc887e)

  5. There you have it. It’s simply an attack on the hosting company.

    Patterico (156eed)

  6. “Interesting that there seems to be no attack on liberal websites. Wonder why?”

    Nobody flies planes into the Eiffel Tower…

    Jim Treacher (f69e1b)

  7. Interesting that there seems to be no attack on liberal websites. Wonder why?

    If hte attack is on the hosting company, then its not based on ideology.

    actus (6234ee)

  8. It could be. If many conservative sites are hosted by the company, and few liberal sites are, and attackers know this, it could be.

    I don’t know whether my assumptions are true or not. But it kinda sounds like some of them are, at least.

    Patterico (156eed)

  9. My blog is on blogspot; there have been zero interruptions on that server, and it’s free.

    Craig C (35a2ab)

  10. I used to be on blogspot. I gave it up when it went offline every time I got a decent link.

    Patterico (156eed)

  11. I don’t know whether my assumptions are true or not. But it kinda sounds like some of them are, at least.

    The thing being, unless your target has a dedicated server, you don’t attack a url. You attack a machine/network. And several blogs are on the same machine/network.

    actus (6234ee)

  12. Apparently, several conservative blogs are on Hosting Matters.

    Patterico (156eed)

  13. Apparently, several conservative blogs are on Hosting Matters.

    Lots of blogs are. I’d be really surprised if blog hosting was ideological. But you never know.

    actus (6234ee)

  14. I really don’t know. What lefty sites besides TalkLeft went out today? It’s an honest question, not snark.

    Patterico (156eed)

  15. Wheew! I thought you had banned me. My first thought was, “How did Patterico find out I was a lifelong Democrat?” (smile)[Won’t someone please tell me how I can paste smiley faces here? Please.]

    nk (4cd0c2)

  16. Hit colon and a “close parenthesis” and it happens automatically.

    I hate smiley faces.

    Patterico (156eed)

  17. Is the attack still going on? I still cannot access Hugh Hewitt.

    nk (47858f)

  18. Apparently the attach was on Aaron’s CC blog, which is not completely respectful of radical Islam. It originated in Saudi Arabia, which is unlikely to take any action, save possibly increasing the attacker’s state funding.

    Question for the really technically literate: How hard would it be to take down the Saudi root nameserver? Not that I would want to, of course. Would it be illegal? Just curious.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  19. It seems that these kind of attacks will continue to happen and they will be partisan in nature. Liberals will attack conservative sites and vice versa.

    Shawn (f93734)


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