Blog Issues (Fixed)

We’re having Issues with our comments at the moment and I have contacted our host for assistance. Please bear with us while we get to the root of the problem and address.
Usually, and as has happened before, comment troubles and the blog being down and inaccessible are the result of DDOS attacks, where an extreme amount of comments and pings are sent to the site in the hopes of overloading the server and causing the site to go down. These DDOS attacks are not coincidence nor are they mistakes, they are for the sole purpose of shutting down the site.
Update: Comments are back up, folks. Yap away!

19 thoughts on “Blog Issues (Fixed)”

  1. A DOS (“denial of service”) or DDOS (“distributed denial of service”) attacks are similar. In a DDOS attack, backbones are targeted to bring whole sectors of the interent down; in a DOS attack, it may be a website, a network, or a host. Here’s a good description from Wikipedia:

    A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to, motives for and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally comprises the concerted, malevolent efforts of a person or persons to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely.
    Perpetrators of DoS attacks typically — but not exclusively — target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers; a pair of DNS Backbone DDoS Attacks, on October 22, 2002 and February 6, 2007, targeted DNS root servers, in an apparent attempt to “disable the Internet” itself by taking away an option of addressing Internet servers by their human-friendly names.
    One common method of attack involves saturating the target (victim) machine with external communications requests, such that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered effectively unavailable. In general terms, DoS attacks are implemented by (a) forcing the targeted computer(s) to reset, or consume its resources such that it can no longer provide its intended service; and/or (b) obstructing the communication media between the intended users and the victim so that they can no longer communicate adequately.

  2. You know how they say “Las ratas de dos patas”? Well, they not only call in to annoy and insult radio shows, they also have access to the net.

  3. Thank you George. Now if you could help me with my problem here at work. First the hard drive crashed and now it looks like the motherboard has a problem. Another day shot to hell…message to corporate: just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good buy. Okay, back on topic, is he dead yet?

  4. You cultist you, I knew you were going to say that. Anyway, I was being pissy, but just the thought of a MAC…shudder…I’m over it now. 🙂

  5. Greetings everyone, I’ve been reading Babalu on and off for a few weeks (life DOES get in the way of our dreams sometimes,) anywho, I had not realized how addictive the comments are, until they could not be accessed earlier today, being Cuban I should’ve known not to take ANYTHING for granted, as we say: “Uno no sabe lo que tiene hasta que lo pierde,” I’m sure we can agree on that.
    So my pseudonym is Angel Garzon and I would like to take this opportunity to express my solidarity with you, my fellow Cuban-Americans and all freedom loving Cubans and non-Cubans. Hopefully, God willing, we may be able to celebrate the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams for Cuba. ¡Viva Cuba Libre!!!! God bless.

  6. Val,
    And here I thought it was George and I going back and forth that brought down the system.
    Glad you’re all back in business.

  7. Val-
    How come no thread on the Barack Obama Miami-Herald Op-Ed today? It definitely merits discussion-in it he calls for the end to the Cuban Embargo.

  8. I too would recommend a Mac for its UNIX underpinings, but make sure you get AppleCare so Apple still gives you the time of day when the hardware self-destructs 15 months after purchase.
    …typed from my top of the line “Bridget Riley” PowerBook.

  9. Lucha,
    If you had listened the Babalu Radio hour or the recorded podcast Obama’s position would be no surprise. Joe Garcia who is quoted in the Herald piece came on the show and basically said what the Dem strategy is. I don’t think it will work.

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