18 months of spam fighting

I could never understand why web hosting companies were so terrible. No matter who I signed up with, my blog was always unstable as hell, regularly becoming unresponsive for no apparent reason. I’d decided this was the Way of Things until I moved over to Damian‘s hosting, and he quickly found the cause: wongaBlog is regularly nuked by spammers. I’m on some zombie list – heaven only knows why – and the botnets regularly flood the site with such voluminous garbage that it falls over.

This was more than Damian had signed up for, but he valiantly fought off what amounted to DDoS attacks on his server. We tried plenty of remedies, and eventually had the blog locked down so tight we had to watch for regular users blocked in the crossfire. But the nature of botnets means you can never predict where the next wave will come from, and it was a continual battle to respond. Each new attack would take out the machine until Damian got there1, which was far from ideal. He did a great job keeping up with them, but eventually the spamming scale became too great and I was causing problems for other clients on the same server.

On his recommendation I’ve now moved over to Lunarpages, who use stupidly powerful servers even for the little guys. Things seem ok so far, though I expect an admin somewhere has had an interesting week.

But Damian deserves huge thanks for 18 months of swarm-fighting. It was way beyond the pay grade, and very kind of him – I’m most grateful. Hopefully his servers are more stable now.

  1. techy detail: such attacks would see the server load jump from 0.02 to 20 in seconds, taking out the slice and forcing a reboot []