Was the forum down?

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  1. FanJ

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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    April fools :argh:
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    LOL :D
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Looking at it now, I was online here during the entire time from when the DSLR thread was started, through the point where they said it was back online. We were online the entire time.

    It was probably either a DNS or a network route issue, where the site and server were online the whole time, but, some people, depending upon where they were located, couldn't get in to the site.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    I would be one of them. Only lasted on\off for about half an hour.

    Did`t have anything to say :blink: so you Guys did`t miss anything. :D
     
  6. FanJ

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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Thanks Mike.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Happening again from here.

    Can not even run a tracert on wilderssecurity.com
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    If it's a DNS resolution issue, try keeping our webserver IP address in your Hosts file. That way if DNS is slow or fails to resolve, you can still get here.

    We're up and have remained up through out all of whatever is going on.

    As to traceroutes, be aware that our Hosting company has perimeter firewalls and drops pings, so, you can't directly check this site's webserver.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]


    Appreciate the info. Will add the IP`s


    Figured it was from my end. Very intermittent. Had to retry 3 times to get the previous post made. This time I walked right in.


    Should have known. Thanks for the info. LWM.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Used to have them (or previous ones) there for years.
    Didn't have them there anymore :oops:
    oops.... I'm getting old ;)
    Will add them again.


    PS:
    Some apps might complain about those entries (Ad-Aware and/or Spybot if I remember me well); just ignore them warnings.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Maybe this might help some.

    I have TWC Roadrunner out of Myrtle Beach S.C. I too had problems on 31Mar and then off and on even up until today. I let them do my DNS..I think they use..
    Domain servers in listed order:

    UDNS2.ULTRADNS.NET
    UDNS1.ULTRADNS.NET


    But it prompted me to start using hosts white list for WilderSecurity and the Gladiator Security Forum.

    http://www.gogridstatus.com/
    Dns redirect

    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Time-Warner-Cable-To-Employ-DNS-Redirection-89282

    I also have now change my DNS for a while to 4.2.2.1 and 4.2.2.2.
     
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    Appreciate the information Primrose.

    Got some limited result with the DNS change myself.
    Altered my Host per LWM`s suggestions as well. Slightly slower browsing perhaps but no longer any "page not found errors".
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Thanks for the info, I am using Iceweasel, that seems to be the only way I can get here from ...uh, here. :D

    Also, using TWC..if you are using Windoze this HOSTS file trick works!

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r22174452-

    or stick with linux..:D
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    the problem also happens when using Open DNS
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    I wasn't able to connect last night around 10pm to 12 pm. Then I went to bed and could't connect this morning either around 5 am to 6 am. I'm at work now.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    I wasn't able to access wilders all day Apr.2nd. I tried accessing Wilders using IE7, Firefox, and Opera. No go. Finally after visiting Broadband DSL Reports.com forums, I got some good advice. Then I checked at the OA forum and was advised to add Wilders to my HOSTS tab in OA. That cured it.
    Checking the site that describes the Conflicker virus, it describes what happened to Wilders. Namely that you can access all other sites but a single security site won't access. I hope we didn't get hit.:ninja: :ninja:
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    I also was having a hard time getting here. I had to place the forum domain and IP in HOSTS file. It did the trick.

    I don't know if it has anything to do with it, and I apologize if someone already has mentioned it, could it be a DDoS?

    Yesterday, people couldn't update Malwarebytes Antimalware, due to the fact that it was impossible to reach their servers as well.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    I was up all the time with OpenDNS-routing or ?
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    I couldn't get in at all on my home computer, but I could see the site just fine on my blackberry.
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Hi :)

    I also had problems with Wilders on Wednesday evening ( 1st April ) o_O

    On My Laptop..
    I came to Wilders on Wednesday evening approx 6 to 7pm - I Think! :doubt:
    The first few threads I clicked to read opened just fine.
    Then I clicked on page 4 of the Viper ... Wow thread : https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=235634&page=4
    The page appeared to start to load .. But It Never Finished!
    I stared at a blank White page for approx 60 seconds. Getting more and more frustrated and worried :oops:
    All the time Firefox acted like it was still trying to load the page.
    Then I Noticed Something!
    1/ I'm using PC Tools Firewall Plus .. & .. It's little animated Taskbar Icon was diddly diddling like hell.
    2/ There was no Stop X option available to click on at the top of Firefox.
    I Started To Panic!
    I clicked Home and quickly closed Firefox.
    But my Firewall Icon was still showing that something was downloading :argh:
    To try and prove to myself.. That I was just being paranoid .. I then came back! :rolleyes:
    I got to Wilders - OK!
    I clicked on Viper ... Wow page 4 - OK!
    Thinking I was just being silly and paranoid... I carried on reading :)

    Went away for a while .. Came Back .. No Wilders :eek:
    I just couldn't connect to Wilders at all.
    Tried My Desktop Computer .. Same Thing!

    Being.. 1st April .. Conflicker Day!
    I didn't sleep very well at all that night :oops:
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    I should have posted the rest of the story in that first link of mine..it is what really caught my eye as to the possible problem I was having and maybe others..It read

    ""We saw some funkiness starting over in Europe, and we were seeing that resolution for Amazon.com was failing," says Dynamic Network Services CEO Jeremy Hitchcock. "It looks like a pretty large outage that was affecting UltraDNS customers. It started this morning around 8 a.m, and for a two-hour period traffic was very significantly affected. Now it looks like things have settled down."

    Hitchcock said his company’s Dynect Platform monitoring system saw heavy packet loss on UltraDNS name servers, with as much as 50% to 70% of responses being dropped.

    "It’s a pretty significant event to have that kind of wide-scale disruption," Hitchcock added.

    NeuStar is a leading provider of Internet infrastructure services. In addition to providing its UltraDNS suite of managed DNS services, NeuStar is the registry for the .biz and .us domains, and it provides telephone number look-up services for carriers in North America.

    NeuStar has been a leader in the push to deploy security extensions to the DNS infrastructure through an emerging standard dubbed DNSSEC.

    However, DNSSEC doesn’t address the problem of denial of service attacks. Instead, DNSSEC prevents hackers from hijacking Web traffic and redirecting it to bogus sites. Denial of service attacks, on the other hand, occur when a hacker disables a Web site by flooding it with bogus requests usually sent from a bot network."

    Whatever it is..they better stop messing with my Wilders Buddies. *puppy* :ninja:
     
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    Re: Was the forum down? [1-April-2009]

    Well, I just came through it, and have also been using OpenDNS. Couldn't access Wilders last couple of hours!:'(

    I gogled "free proxy" and got into Wilders through a "browse anonymously" link at a site in Canada.

    Found my way to Hugger's thread and here through axial's post and implemented the hosts file change.

    All OK now, but I wonder is this some kind of attack?

    I did check that images test for conficker and came up clean. Thanks, Creer: https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1438244&postcount=1
     
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    A comment about one suggestion I've seen regarding getting around the DNS issues preventing some people from reaching this site...

    You can not browse Wilders Security by using its IP address in your browser address bar. The webserver here is setup to rewrite the IP address back to [noparse]www.wilderssecurity.com[/noparse] links. So, if your DNS does not resolve wilderssecurity.com, browsing to the IP address does not help you on subsequent clicks.

    That's why it was suggested to add the two lines to your Hosts file instead. That is not the same as browsing to the IP address. And it will work because browsing by name will get the name's resolution from your hosts file instead of failing DNS servers. Failed DNS is definitely the problem occurring here. A significant DNS outage is occurring out on the Internet. It maybe a DDoS on register.com, the registrar used for the wilderssecurity.com domain, about which I've seen a small number of reports.

    So, for any still having troubles, the Hosts file lines are the work-around, not browsing to the IP address.

     
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    Everythings fine on my end now witout having to do anything.
     
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