The GWPF and Jo Nova web sites down

Many people have emailed me to ask what is going on, here’ s what I’ve found out.

Bishop Hill reports:

A couple of readers have emailed to say that GWPF’s website is down. I emailed Benny Peiser and he says that there are technical issues of some kind. The site will remain down for a couple of days. I gather that email is also affected, so anyone wishing to contact them should telephone instead.

Which explains why my query to Peiser was not answered.  Never put your email and web server int he same basket.

Jo Nova’s website is also experiencing problems. She’s had a lot of technical trouble since she moved to a new provider. I expect this to be no different.

No cause for alarm.

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PaulH
August 14, 2012 4:08 pm

Keep calm and carry on.

stamper44
August 14, 2012 4:25 pm

Jo is back up

Jimmy Haigh
August 14, 2012 4:29 pm

Jo Nova’s site now up and running.

Juan Slayton
August 14, 2012 4:39 pm

And the surfacestations gallery?
: > )
REPLY: We keep getting hit with attacks there. May have to setup a secondary firewall. – A

Snake Oil Baron
August 14, 2012 4:51 pm

Or panic madly and bite people. I prefer that one.

Truthseeker
August 14, 2012 4:56 pm

Jo Nova is back up.

Schitzree
August 14, 2012 5:03 pm

Oh sure, Anthony. Shoot down my ‘Climate Rapid Response Team – Anti-Blog Hacking Division” theory before I’ve even got it all written up. 😉

eqibno
August 14, 2012 5:29 pm

How about Lucia’s “The Blackboard”?
I keep getting “Error 101 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_RESET): The connection was reset.” pages…

J.Hansford
August 14, 2012 5:53 pm

It’s probably our Aussie Labor Government and their minions trying to shut us all up….. They seem to be attacking free speech and a free media at the moment. 😉
I jest…. But in a small corner of my mind I can’t help wonderin’.
…. anyway, JoNova is back up.

TomRude
August 14, 2012 6:04 pm

Attacks? Looks like surfacestation strucks a nerve…

DesertYote
August 14, 2012 6:15 pm

Schitzree
August 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm
Oh sure, Anthony. Shoot down my ‘Climate Rapid Response Team – Anti-Blog Hacking Division” theory before I’ve even got it all written up. 😉
###
Well you could take a page out of the TEAMS playbook and write it up and run with it anyways.

Steve from Rockwood
August 14, 2012 6:43 pm

Juan Slayton says:
August 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm
And the surfacestations gallery?
: > )
REPLY: We keep getting hit with attacks there. May have to setup a secondary firewall. – A
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I’m very curious what these attacks are. They seem to be increasing. Would be worth a post.

Sun Spot
August 14, 2012 6:59 pm

Could this be an attack and/or related to Steve McIntyre speaking Thursday, 16 August 2012, 3pm at Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB ??

Aussie Luke Warm
August 14, 2012 7:20 pm

Makes sense: they are anti-free speech after all.

northernont
August 14, 2012 7:24 pm

When you try to go to the GWPF website , you get a page that states “This account has been suspended”

bushbunny
August 14, 2012 7:39 pm

We have had problems with websites too, and my computer is not acting well either. Into puter hospital today. Keep smiling the truth will out! Hopefully.

david beattie
August 14, 2012 10:01 pm

I am wondering.
I’m a senior and not terribly well versed with the high tech world but I thought I would mention that over the last few months, my icon for Anthony’s WUWT blog disappears every week or so. No other icon has done this.
In addition, it keeps disappearing from my favourites file. Am I the only one experiencing this? Are these just senior moments? Again, this is the only one.
Just wondering.

August 14, 2012 10:01 pm

Interesting. I wonder if the legal entities would even lift a finger to go after whoever is behind the attacks.
Probably not, they are just hired thugs anyway. (I can be proven wrong… provided a law enforcement agency has the integrity to go after them with as much zeal as they apparently have for alleged attacks against pro-warming bleaters.)

August 14, 2012 10:15 pm

Domain Name:THEGWPF.ORG
Created On:10-Aug-2009 17:18:28 UTC
Last Updated On:09-Feb-2012 20:59:48 UTC
Expiration Date:10-Aug-2013 17:18:28 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, LLC (R91-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:XXXXXXXXXXXX (My redact)
Registrant Name:Benny Peiser
Registrant Organization:GWPF
Delete, renew, transfer and update prohibited? For a an expiry date of only 4 days past? That’s a bit rugged. A good reason to change hosting or providers, methinks. Benny (or his administrator) should have got the renewal reminder emails every week for the past two months.

Waffle
August 14, 2012 10:21 pm

I didn’t want to speculate on the source of Jo Nova’s website outages which have been ongoing for the last few months. It does seem that it is getting a DDOS attack every two to three weeks.The forbidden message is a result of an automated script which modifies the attacked file permissions to protect the larger server infrastructure from going down. Which, means Jo’s email will still work even though you can’t view her site.
We have a global team that works(for free) around the clock to keep Jo’s site up. We try to reduce any outages the site may suffer to a minimum.

August 14, 2012 10:40 pm

Thanks for the update Anthony.

Bloke down the pub
August 15, 2012 1:07 am

Bill Sticker says:
August 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm
Domain Name:THEGWPF.ORG
Created On:10-Aug-2009 17:18:28 UTC
Last Updated On:09-Feb-2012 20:59:48 UTC
Expiration Date:10-Aug-2013 17:18:28 UTC
You’re living your life away Bill. Expiry date is not till next year.

John Ratcliffe
August 15, 2012 2:30 am

I had issues with accessing a couple of sites last week. Seems to have been caused by corrupted cookies. A couple of sweeps through the ‘puter with a cookie cleaner prog sorted the problem. Of course it had taken me three days of fiddling to figure it out.
I sometimes wonder if half the problems with the internet are because there are too many people/idjuts/duffers like me using it.???
Johnr

August 15, 2012 7:16 am

For PC users it pays to keep your computers updated and virus-free. Keep only the few cookies that are necessary (Under Windows I recommend CCleaner for this).
See my “PC Security” page at http://www.oarval.org/avalencia/Secureen.htm
For webmasters, well, we are supposed to know what we are doing.

Steve R W.
August 15, 2012 7:25 am

403 Forbidden at time of this post.

NonCorruptable
August 15, 2012 7:31 am

Jo’s website down again.

August 15, 2012 7:44 am

Bloke down the pub:
2013? Is my face red. Slinking off with tail between legs now. Shouldn’t have been playing with that temporal dicombobulator last night.

Louis Hooffstetter
August 15, 2012 10:18 am

JoNova went down again at ~1:00 PM EST 8/15/12. The link to her site now says: “This Account Has Been Suspended.” This is becoming way too common, and starting to look like censorship. How come we never get that message when we click on Real Climate, Think Progress, or Rabett Run?

August 15, 2012 11:25 am

Hi, yes indeed, the site appears to be under attack. We’ve had two DOS attacks today and now another stronger different one, all in 24 hours. Obviously we will be looking closely at our options to stop this.

Berényi Péter
August 15, 2012 12:06 pm
Cold Englishman
August 15, 2012 12:14 pm

20.15 BST Account Suspended!

Sean
August 15, 2012 1:00 pm

Jo Nova says:
August 15, 2012 at 11:25 am
Hi, yes indeed, the site appears to be under attack. We’ve had two DOS attacks today and now another stronger different one, all in 24 hours. Obviously we will be looking closely at our options to stop this.
————————-
Jo, I imagine that Julia Gillard is none to pleased with your coverage of her corruption scandal, that the media is also refusing to cover. Perhaps the DOS attacks are coming from people affiliated with her government? I linked to your story at several MSM news blogs and their lefty moderators promptly deleted the links.

August 15, 2012 1:00 pm

From Bishop Hill, well worth a read. IMHO here is a profile of the kind of person that could and would DDOS Jo Nova:

The Guardian’s science editor, Robin McKie, went to see Ten Billion, a one-man show by computer scientist Stephen Emmott. This is slightly odd. The Guardian is losing tens of millions of pounds every year and yet this is their second review of the show…
We face a future in which billions will starve, he states. Britain, which could come off relatively lightly when 6C rises in global temperature take effect, will be turned into a military outpost dedicated to preventing waves of immigrants reaching our shores.
Geoff Chambers: Note the fawning mentions of the presence of senior military officers at climate conferences, and the recommendation to teach your children how to use a gun. Frustrated Greens can get very nasty, at least in their fantasies.
Alex Cull: According to one reviewer, the only real solution Prof. Emmott offers is a totalitarian world government: “His one possible solution sounds something like a single global crisis-government be formed, and that it be unelected, and that its power be supreme…”
Geoff Chambers: According to McKie, Emmott has been bombarded with offers of TV documentary versions… McKie thinks the show works because “there are no Paxmans to quibble over details and no climate gainsayers to make arcane or inaccurate objections… Without the clamorous voices of climate change deniers who constantly question the minutiae of scientists’ research or cherry-pick data, Emmott has shown that it is possible to make a straightforward, telling demonstration of the dreadful problems we face.”
Foxgoose: “Why are so many computer scientists afflicted with this apocalyptic garbage?…”
Geoff Chambers: Emmott says after a blog article he had a thousand replies, half of them ranting… the other half insisting that the message must be spread…

Stephen Emmott is Head of Computational Science, Microsoft; Professor of Computational Science, University of Oxford.
Since the real ranter here is Emmott, it seems likely that he’s seeing all his challengers, no matter how logical, relevant, and courteous, as ranters. I’m not accusing Emmott himself of the DDOS attacks on Jo Nova. But one of his lesser minions, groupies, or imitators? or someone like Gleick? There seem to be several of those around, and Emmott doesn’t seem to be that far off either.

Marian
August 15, 2012 1:22 pm

GWF is also now suspended. It about time something very serious be done about this . Especially WUWT should take this more than seriously. good luck

Martine
August 15, 2012 1:27 pm

Antony I hope you are prepared for the Jo treatment !

August 15, 2012 1:51 pm

16/8/2012 6.46 am went to jonova and found “account suspended”

kasphar
August 15, 2012 2:06 pm

JoNova site right now says (7:00am EST Australia) 16th Aug, 2012
‘This Account Has Been Suspended.’

Political Junkie
August 15, 2012 2:36 pm

The details of the Gillard scandal that Jo Nova covered is still available here.
Interesting watching. And. no, Gillard wouldn’t be amused!

Annie
August 15, 2012 2:41 pm

While I still have the opportunity…..
Thank you to Anthony et al for everything you have done. I deeply admire your hard work and persistance in getting at the truth. I would like to make a further financial contribution but have had difficulties with online banking (senior moments I expect). (Ditto I’m afraid for the Robert Phelan fund…I am so pleased so many have contributed).
I hope the web problems are soon sorted for Jo Nova and GWPF.

John Alexander
August 15, 2012 3:15 pm

Is Jo’s new Web Hosting provider just not up to the traffic being generated by Australia ( & NZ)’s most popular Web Log perhaps ?

Hot under the collar
August 15, 2012 3:35 pm

Funny thing about attacks on sites for ‘censorship’ is that it is counterproductive as it tends to increase ones interest in what they are trying to censor. Anyone have a link to the relevant material?

noloctd
August 15, 2012 3:41 pm

Re: the prohibitions mentioned in the quote below, this isn’t anything nefarious. It’s common practice to lock down the domain registration like that. It’s to protect the registration from poachers and others of dubious intent. If you’re the domain owner, there are ways around the lock, more than which respondent saith not. For obvious reasons.
“Domain Name:THEGWPF.ORG
Created On:10-Aug-2009 17:18:28 UTC
Last Updated On:09-Feb-2012 20:59:48 UTC
Expiration Date:10-Aug-2013 17:18:28 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, LLC (R91-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:XXXXXXXXXXXX (My redact)
Registrant Name:Benny Peiser
Registrant Organization:GWPF”

Iren
August 15, 2012 3:42 pm

Sean says:
August 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Jo, I imagine that Julia Gillard is none to pleased with your coverage of her corruption scandal, that the media is also refusing to cover. Perhaps the DOS attacks are coming from people affiliated with her government?
================================================
Exactly my first thought. She makes a vicious enemy. Its a bit too much of a coincidence that this concerted effort to silence Jo should happen immediately after that.

cjshaker
August 15, 2012 3:51 pm

I’ve previously noticed Dr. Roy Spencer’s website down from what appeared to be DOS attacks. Are the same people behind these attacks?

August 15, 2012 9:34 pm

http://joannenova.com.au/ (Jo Nova) running sweet at 2:33 pm (Australian time) on 16 August.

AndyG55
August 16, 2012 2:24 am

Yep , Jo is still with us 🙂
You can always check Jonova on twitter. to see what’s happening if it goes down again.
I hope “W” (webguy) and his helpers can track the culprits down..
maybe let BoltA, Divine, Pickering, Blair, Acckerman etc know who it is doing the attacking !!
FREEDOM OF SPEECH !!!!!

AndyG55
August 16, 2012 2:27 am

And to “W”……..
Thanks SO MUCH for the continued efforts in restoring Jo’s site.
She is a much needed breath of free air in Australia, when so many others are being stifled :-((

AndyG55
August 16, 2012 2:31 am

pps.. I defend the right of any warmist to say what they think, be it ever so stupid and moronic
but I defend my right to say exactly what I think, in reply !! 😉

Dave
August 16, 2012 2:42 am

Larry Pickering’s “Pickering Post” has been copping DDoS attacks too.

Hot under the collar
August 16, 2012 5:28 am

Jo nova now up and running, found the relevant ‘offending’ material.
If you can get past the links to sites with personal attacks then ‘Not a Hoon’ has a link to Alan Jones radio show on 2GB which I give 10/10. Wow! Just Wow! ‘Australiagate’?
Gives a new meaning to ‘made in Australia’.

dmacleo
August 16, 2012 6:13 am

don’t read too much into account suspended page.
on a cpanel server when a webmaster disables a site this is a default page.
and as stated above when ddos happening they take site offline to protect server.
he site owner themselves can make this page appear with 2 clicks of a button.

MikeB
August 16, 2012 12:16 pm

Both sites are down again now. One has been hi-jacked by a group of religious nutcases.

Cees de Valk
August 16, 2012 12:55 pm

This is what happened to http://thegwpf.org/ (Aug 16, 8:52PM UTC)
Holy crap.

August 16, 2012 1:59 pm

17/8/2012 6.15 am and jonova is forbidden again

August 16, 2012 4:27 pm

Well, now Peiser’s site has sorta stabilized back into the non-nondescript “account suspended” blank look, but here’s a partial screencapture of the hack stuff that was on it for a while today at every link: http://i48.tinypic.com/2gwuudg.jpg

bushbunny
August 16, 2012 9:56 pm

A friends website went down, and he is at odds with a woman who wrote rubbishy text on his ancestor. She was an adjunct lecturer at the UNiversity had a blog about the subject she could libel and slander those who opposed her, lied, in public and I complained to the university when compared to holocaust or climate change deniers. She amended her blog but the podcast thatI took down is slanderous and defamatory. Anyway, my friends website disappeared for a few days. Back up again, maybe the government is doing a sweep of those in certain categories
who appear to them to be insurgents disagreeing with the government on various policies or their friends?

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