I’m sure that some of you have noticed that the website has been less than reliable these last few weeks and I’m sure you’re curious as to why. Well, the short answer is that some jerk has been flooding the server with requests effectively launching a denial of service attack. A restart of Apache and MySQL fixes the problem, but I sometimes have to go to the console for my web host and do a hard reboot, the equivalent of pulling the power plug. Not cool.
Since most of the attacks originated from proxy.lucent.com, I have banned any connection attempt from this DNS name to the server. If that happens to be you, stop flooding my server with requests, dipstick.