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Saturday, May 26, 2012

SurvivalBlog.com being DoS attacked and is down

Update from (Avalanche) Lily Rawles (21:48 MST):

Apparently  there's a racist in Texas that has threatened JWR's livelihood and attacked SurvivalBlog.  The following is a quoted excerpt from the threat as sent to me directly from Lily. She asked that I leave out the cursing and I will happily oblige.

Lily: "It appears to have been a "pinging" DOS attack, most likely instigated by the man in Texas that anonymously sent me this little missive, last week:"
 



Hacker: "You "N" (word removed)  lover you have five days to take all links and any metion for links below off your site. If you dont do it I will post everyone of you crappy books on prirate sites and kiss your "N" (word removed) loving income from them good by. I can and haved posted privated books up screwed up a company before They are almost dead kiss http://www.survivalbooks.com/ good f***ing good by they could not take our hacks after relating to you f***.  We even take their 4000 books off kindle. Don't believe watch their books all go by by after Monday we have people work at amazon we can get their books off watch yours go to to. You must post I hate "N"s on your site or it happen to you to to. Time u feel our power see jewish hate on your site to. we hack good , F*** you them all u http://www.safecastle.com/ http://www.everlastingseeds.com/   http://www.survivalebooks.com/   http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/  http://www.makingthebestofbasics.com/
OJD: I left punctuation "as is". They hope to get the site back up by "Monday afternoon". Please pray for the Rawles in hopes that God will continue to bless their family and deter this miscreant down a different, less harmful path and keep all the loyal advertisers/friends of Survival Blog safe from harm.
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My original post is below:


I noticed SurvivalBlog.com is down. JWR was kind enough to upload an index page explaining that SB is getting hit with a DoS attack (Denial of Service).

When you visit SurvivalBlog, either by URL (typing the words, Www.SurvivalBlog.com) or by IP address (using numbers,  http://95.143.193.148/ ) you come to a temporary blank page. The blank white page states that SB is under a DoS attack and to please NOT refresh or reload the page.

Here's why:

Let's say you own a flower shop and 100% of your customers buy over the phone.  There is an evil competitor down the street that wants to put you out of business, even if only for one day. He has some friends come over to his location and they all bring their cell phones. Everyone begins calling your shop at 8am when you start your business day. They either make up bogus sales orders or just hang up when you answer. They continue to call ALL day until closing time.

You were not able to take any legitimate orders for that day. You're not closed permanently but you were effectively closed for a full day.

This is similar to a DoS attack.  Only, the bad guys can use any computer that they control to "auto dial" your number (visit your site) and they just sit back and watch. Once enough page loads are being requested at the same time,  within a certain time frame, the server hosting said website will shut down due to bandwidth restrictions. It can resume once the massive attacking traffic has stopped.

So DON'T reload or refresh the SurvivalBlog homepage or you'll be adding to the "traffic" which is crushing SB. Take a deep breath and come back tomorrow.

In the mean time, remind yourself that this is a good reason to buy JWR's CD archive of his entire site. It is only $4.97 on Amazon right now and includes 2005 through 2011. Hurry, it might not be there long.  Also, there are a handful of programs out there that allow you to "crawl" his site daily and archive it yourself for free. I like Black Widow myself.

I look forward to the juicy details JWR is sure (I hope)  to relay to us.

Survival Blog's IP (dotted quad) is http://64.92.111.122/dottedquad.html and has remained up during the DoS attack.

Take Care.

Update: SB's low bandwidth offshore site http://www.survivalblog.se/ is also down.

As of 5-27-12 20:37

Our Swedish server is currently under a DoS attack.
Please bookmark both of our servers:
http://64.92.111.122/ [U.S. Server]
http://95.143.193.148/ [Swedish Server]
One or both of them may go down.

73 comments:

Rob said...

thanks for the update. glad to see you still around.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Hi Rob. Still here...just in observation mode for a bit. I'll try to post when SB comes back online.

Anonymous said...

Thank you much. was beginning to get worried here about SB.

Anonymous said...

Rob, First and formost, she should contact amazon if that is where her book is listed. Second, to show our support for a great blog, despite the public posting of the book that the creep is going to do.. Buy it anyway and tell him to stuff it. :) I would rather have a hard copy in hand.. and if amazon has people that do this guys bidding, trust me when I say, if the take her book down for any reason other then any type of violation, they would have an onslaught of issues due to his comments alone.

I hope they get things sorted.. if she has ANY clue who this person is or any info, I wouldnt mind having it.. maybe I can look into it. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update! I went and purchased the "digital" version of SB even though I had originally not planned on it. This is reason enough to do so!

Anonymous said...

While the intent of these characters seem real, I believe that the racist tone of the email is deliberate intending to throw off their true identity. My guess is they are really far off from who they appear to be in their email. If they are smart enough to cover their tracks online, then their email - even though revealing - is intended to further throw off their intended target. My guess is they may even point right to someone else they dislike to expose them as the culprit. Hope all is sorted out quickly. James is a very smart man who is very resourceful.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan and supporter of JWR.
I ran across your blog while researching what was wrong over at SB. I have seen comments by JWR on his blog stating that he had prior problems with these groups.

I'm quite sure that Survival Blogs primary purpose in providing preparedness would appeal on a positive level to these groups as they are survival minded. JWR's personal religious views (a small portion of his blog) would never create this degree of animosity with any such group.

If they had this kind of capability the SPLC would have been taken down long time ago. I don't believe for a moment that his prior issues or current situation is related to any actual hate groups or their philosophies.

Do a little research and you will find that the entire hate movement is hijacked at the top and throughout the ranks. Hal Turner ring a bell!

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Rivenfae said...

It's pity some people who can't even spell correctly, have proper grammar, or good punctuation. Will sit there and order you around. I have not heard of the website before, but I am planning on checking it out now that I have heard about it!

Elizabeth said...

I'm really glad I found you and your warnings against continuously trying to access JWR's site. I'm guilty of the over-and-over refreshing trying to upload SB. We live in a very rural area of the Redoubt and I thought it was our server acting up again. I’ll just sit back and wait until all is clear. Thank you again for the info.

Elizabeth

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Rivenfae said...
It's pity some people who can't even spell correctly, have proper grammar, or good punctuation. Will sit there and order you around. I have not heard of the website before, but I am planning on checking it out now that I have heard about it!

It would appear that you have mastered the language based on your own usage here and at your blog site.

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fail2ban (do a web search) might help, it did for us once

Daily Hype said...

I suspect this hacker is misspelling and writing as if semi-literate on purpose. This is a good way to throw off investigators and perhaps even have someone else accused of the crime.

To go through this much effort, the hacker may be a competitor or someone who feels they have been slighted by the blog or the people who run the blog.

Anonymous said...

I knew something was up when I tried going to SB yesterday. I tried both IP addresses and got the same 'connection timed out' page. After reading the email I too get the impression it's a forced and deliberate attempt at illiteracy. I hope the SB site and it's advertisers will stand together and not be bullied by these 'people'.

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Matt said...

Amazingly, OJD, you're now the subject of a vast (well not vast, it just sounds cool calling it that) conspiracy over at SHTFplan.com in the comments of a similar post where your were quoted.

Seems that you're only out to raise sells for JWR's merchandise... like he really needs anyone's help.

As serious as this event is and this is what they come up with....

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Sweet! I'm part of a conspiracy? Seriously though, JWR got his site back up much faster than he anticipated. As my email from Avalanche Lily shows, they expected it to be down until today at noon. He had a text version back up last night and a complete restore not much later.

It was a good exercise for Survival Blog regarding server redundancy and should be a good lesson for the rest of us too. You never know when S will HTF so be prepared!

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Harry Flashman said...

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the "ranting racist" is just a smoke screen. The whole thing sounds too much like someone's idea of how a KKK type would talk, based on television, than how an actual person would. Seems like a fairly sophisticated attack by technically savvy people. It will be interesting to see what transpires.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Although this story is reporting on the first time SB went down (last year), you are not the only one who has suggested this theory.

The perpetrators of the current attack have not yet identified themselves.

Anonymous said...

Such a shame that Someone or Somebody, attacks a Person/Site that has set out to help and support their fellow Humans..

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