A blog status note

Some news about what went down today.

About noon PST, wordpress.com started having trouble globally, and I could not access the administration system. I was completely locked out as were thousands of other wordpress.com users. I also don’t know if comments during this outage were saved or not. If you made comments today and they are gone, this is likely the reason. I also lost a post in editing.

WordPress had up a short blurb earlier about the outage, but has been taken down shortly after service was restored around 7PM this evening. I expect they’ll have an official announcement soon.

It may be related to what happened last week, and this is round two.

WordPress.com Suffers Largest DDoS Attack In Its History

Here’s the wordpress.com note from last week: Some Turbulence

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Henry chance
March 22, 2011 7:55 pm

This can be caused by extreme climate events.

March 22, 2011 8:00 pm

Wow! Nearly an hour after the site comes back up and I’m still the first comment?
I can’t be the only reader of WUWT who doesn’t have an actual life, can I? 🙂

March 22, 2011 8:00 pm

Great timing Henry chance. 🙂

March 22, 2011 8:07 pm

Due to extreme climate events, or due to earthquakes, also caused by CAGW :-). Btway, we’ve had 5 earthquakes here in the Philippines last Monday alone. We have about 4 per day on average, mostly occurring in the seas, but last Monday’s quakes were rather strong.

March 22, 2011 8:09 pm

That is interesting, Stoat was having having problems with SB for the past couple of weeks (looked like a DDoS as well). Maybe Anonymous is factional as well 8).

Barbara Skolaut
March 22, 2011 8:10 pm

I blame Global Warming George Bush.

March 22, 2011 8:10 pm

No I don’t have life either LOL.

March 22, 2011 8:21 pm

Sorry!! I plugged a 3d projector system into my custom fusion reactors remote network readout connection by accident, because of budget cutbacks we used a 9 pin Mini-DIN connector instead of a more advanced wifi switching system.

rob m
March 22, 2011 8:32 pm

dang Chinese

a jones
March 22, 2011 8:33 pm

Yes I had noticed some difficulties ad wondered whether it was WordPress or elsewhere. However all under control now.
Kindest Regards

Old Grump
March 22, 2011 9:28 pm

I would like to apologize to everyone. One of the flux capacitor connections was loose, and I didn’t notice. Sorry!

Douglas Dc
March 22, 2011 9:31 pm

Someone out there afraid?….

CRS, Dr.P.H.
March 22, 2011 9:33 pm

Michael Mann did it. I have the emails stored on a Russian server. /sarc

March 22, 2011 9:42 pm

At least it would be useful to know it came from Asia, Eastern Europe, or . . . .

ferd berple
March 22, 2011 10:25 pm

See my post in Tips & Notes – this is likely not accidental
ferd berple says:
March 4, 2011 at 9:18 am
… When I got the 408 this morning it made me think right away of a DOS attack as a possibility, which would be important news.

March 22, 2011 11:07 pm

What? A DDOS Attack? That would be a…
Distributed Denial of Service Attack.
At the risk of getting snipped, I can’t help but wonder if this wasn’t an attack on wordpress with the intent of shutting down WUWT.
After all, the warm-mongerers continue to call skeptics Denialists, can’t be a coincidence.

March 22, 2011 11:28 pm

A couple months ago, the entire user database for blogshares.com was hacked by SQL injection. I suspect that whoever hacked it is trying to use the blogshares users passwords to hack their wordpress blogs. Why they would do this?
a) to turn off spam filtering on a mass quantity of blogs for spam marketing
b) to use a large quantity of blogs to post propaganda
c) to use (a) to spam links to websites the miscreants are trying to get high google page rankings for…
Recommend anybody who has ever had a blogshares account to change your wordpress, paypal, google adsense, and banking passwords to something distinctly different from existing passwords. Note that hackers are also getting smart, using algorithms now to predict passwords based on known examples.

March 23, 2011 12:13 am

The MET super computer doesn’t like being made fun of.
It’s lashing out at the deniers.

March 23, 2011 12:35 am

Could it be related to the fact that Microsoft switched off their Windows Live Space on 16th March and transferred all the bloggers there to WordPress?

March 23, 2011 5:40 am

It’s worse than we thought!!!
(ha! First with it this time! LOL)

March 23, 2011 5:42 am

I also lost a post. I haven’t had my blog very long, but I sure felt lost while it was out!

Tom in Florida
March 23, 2011 5:51 am

Mike Lorrey says: (March 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm)
” Note that hackers are also getting smart, using algorithms now to predict passwords based on known examples.”
That is why all my passwords are not real words, just made up words from my unstable mind!

March 23, 2011 7:52 am

Note that Netflix, another huge provider (movies) had a similar outage in the same time period, and returned to service a bit later, around 8:30 PM EDT. Of course, no idea if they are related.

March 23, 2011 9:43 am

Problem I have with new passwords is that I forget them; and I know “write them down” but then I can’t remember where I stashed them for safe keeping either.
Once I went with the model number of our old turntable (as it was under the rubber disk) but we upgraded to a flat screen & sound system and now that’s gone. Use to use the numbers on the hydro pole in front of our home in conjunction with the our street number, but we moved a two hour drive away.
;~0, ah well, at least my new computer guru guy loves me.

March 23, 2011 12:09 pm

Well there’s lots of middle eastern countries going bonkers over all them “evil” freedom loving democrats wanting to change everything to the better for them. And apparently it isn’t going to well for the authoritarian ruling terrorists of Libya, who are doing everything to try and stem the flow of information from all them “evil” freedom loving democrats, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that might be the case of disruption. If they can’t find out who’s who and shutting down the source directly they go for an indirect shut down, shutting down communications the “evil” freedom loving democratic source uses.

Tim Clark
March 23, 2011 6:13 pm

Al Gore farted. QED

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