Thursday, July 28, 2016

Official Hostgator Response to the downtime

Gus D. July 27, 2016 at 02:43 PM Hello, Thank you for your response. To further clarify our previous contacts, your server's primary IP (162.144.218.254) experienced a Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, and the IP was mitigated to protect the integrity of our network. This issue should now be resolved, and I am able to access WHM, cPanel, etc over the IP at this time. Please verify this from your end as well. Our logs indicate an instance of a similar attack occurring on this IP address back in 2013, but that event would have *not* have had any sort of effect on this most recent issue. We apologize for any confusion caused by our earlier contact. As for steps you can take to help prevent DDoS attacks, you are already using Cloudflare, which is an excellent way of hiding your server's IP. However, the domain is configured to use the same server for both http and mail purposes. If your mail server hosted by the same IP as your http server, an attacker could find the IP address from an outgoing email or even by a standard mx lookup. I've included some articles below from our online knowledgebase and from the Cloudflare website which contains some information you may find to be helpful: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/pre-sales-policies/security-abuse/what-security-measures-are-used-to-protect-my-server https://blog.cloudflare.com/ddos-prevention-protecting-the-origin/ https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170166-General-website-security-guidelines https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170196-I-am-under-DDoS-attack-what-do-I-do- We do apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let us know that as well. We'll be happy to assist in any way that we can. Sincerely, Gus D. Linux Systems Administrator

65 comments:

  1. DDoS?
    I don't think so..
    This isn't just an every now and then thing. It's been going like this for months.

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  2. If this were true, why is the site still down and we can't access the forums??

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  3. When will the site be back online?

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  4. That's great and all but we don't really care about a blog post with only a response from the host included. Just tell us when the site is going to be back up, if ever.

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  5. When will this site be up again??? :-(

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  6. Interesting. WTF is really going on, coz this is clearly BS. Thanks!

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  7. Lololol what professional writes *not* like that?

    And DDoS attacks don't explain the constant issues.


    Any jaclynhill peeps???

    http://Cheetodustkween.freeforums.net

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  8. When Pokemon go servers are more stable than your website, you dun goofed.

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    1. Oh, great comparison. Are they though?

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  10. Thanks for up-dating us, Morgan. Hope it's up soon.
    Hopefully, all those who register here and submit their email are smart enough not to use their real name or EMAIL.
    Pretty sure that it is not unusual for a very out-spoken site like this to be under attack.

    P.S. Ever heard of kiwifarms. Their host seems to do very well. Not a big favorite of mine, a kind of scary place, but w/ a huge audience, tons of graphics, that NEVER goes down.
    A nice young man named Null is the owner and tech guy, I believe.
    mmkaypbandjay.

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  11. Can someone tell me WHY no one migrates to other forums? I'm seriously thinking of doing this now, but want to why people seem so loyal to GG. More users? More threads? What's the deal? If these other forums are better, why do people (including myself) stay with GG?

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    1. YTT has a shitty layout. I think everyone would have moved over there by now if it wasn't so hard to read.

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    2. What other forums are there?

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    3. I like the community we have at GuruGossip. I know how to work the site, and I don't want to deal with trying to learn a different sites layout. I mostly stay for the people here though. I'm hoping the site is back up again soon.

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    4. I've been on youtalktrash for ages, it's been down ONCE while they switched severs. You can make any new topic there if it's not already made.

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    5. I used youtalktrash.com for the 1st time yesterday and i can honestly tell you the layout is A LOT easier to understand, its more organized it runs like a NORMAL site without constant errors. it took me longer to figure out GG than this site so idk why u guys stay loyal but i won't be back to this shithole.

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    6. Most of the threads I read here are dead on other sites.

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  12. gg down?? shocking!!!!

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  13. Omg what is up with this guy? Why doesnt he answer ANY of the questions?
    1) when will site be back up?
    2) why the f*** wont you change hosts?

    Pretty damned simple. Let me know which site we are all going to please?

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  14. "the IP was mitigated to protect the integrity of our network. This issue should now be resolved"

    Probably a good idea to find a different host. If they ddos again Hostgator will do the same thing. I had a server with liquid web that was getting hit bad and I ended up switching to staminus for that site because of it. They did the same thing, as soon as it started they would shut my site down, off and on. I actually got banned on their Facebook page because I posted proof of it when they claimed they had amazing ddos protection. Look up Dedicated Reverse Proxy for ddos. I can't remember exactly because it was a while ago, but I think I had that in combination with ddos hosting and my site was fine. I was getting 50mbps syn flood. Hope that helps.

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  15. Why don't you just change hosts? We need GG. There is more Trasha drama to talk about XD

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    1. Some of us beezies have gone over to youtalktrash to get our fix while they work this thing out. Feel free to join in (what with her very latrst kitchen series installment)!

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  16. I joined this site on 10 July. First it took almost a week before I was authorized by the mods to be allowed to post, then I get an error message on about 50% of the time I browse the forum and now it's completely down? I'm really disappointed because I was very excited to finally find a good old-fashioned message board again. They're way better than FB. But I really feel this is a waste of time now and that I made a mistake signing up here. I think I'll just delete my profile again as soon as I can access it.

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    1. good luck trying to get your account deleted...

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  17. LLD1 peeps go to thegossipbakery.freeforums.net

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  18. I find it hard to believe the GG is the victim of constant DDoS attacks, but if so, maybe it's just time to throw in the towel and shut it down. I hate to see cyber vandalism actually succeed but at the end of the day it's just a simple message board and maybe it's outlived it's usefulness.

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  19. I can kind of see it happening; there is a lot of gossip/outright trash talking on this site, and many of the YouTubers/beauty gurus said gossip is about have tonnes of fans. Maybe they can come together and organise some sort of attack like this on a semi-regular basis.. Maybe...

    Seems kind of unlikely to be honest, but you never know.

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  20. if the current owners/admin can't run a simple forum, they should do the right thing and hand it over to someone who can & is willing to.

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  21. Give it up Morgan, you are unfit to run anything, even a trash forum. RIP GG. Done with you!

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    1. Have a nice day, I'm sure you'll be back, as you have been. Don't act like you haven't been checking everyday ..... LOL

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  22. Anyone is welcome! We have a jaclynhill thread started but you can join and add more!!

    Cheeto dust kween on fleek!!

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  24. FUCK GG. even when the site "works" you make a fucking post and it spools for fucking ever. Then posts IF you're lucky, usually it double or triple posts. ERRORS AND MORE ERROS ALL THE TIME. This site is stuck in 1997 and I feel like I'm on dial-up when I use it. keep "fixing" it, nobody gives a shit anymore. Moving on to YTT, fuck you.

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  26. If you're using Cloudflare to hide your IP address to prevent DDoS attacks, shouldn't you hide in this post too?

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    1. No need to hide what is already known, right? I mean, if more people want to implicate themselves in federal crimes, go ahead and attempt to continue hacking this site. I dare you.

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  27. Morgan you make a lot of excuses for someone who is supposed to be running a website/forum. Can you pass this onto someone else who can properly run it? If it's not one thing, it's another thing. Blame can only go far.

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    1. Exactly. There's probably loads of people who'd be willing to take over GG since Morgan seems to just not care at all.

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  29. Really surprised this was happening. But after the site was down, I took sometime to research the history of the site, and saw how poorly managed and contentious this site was. I'd recommend people do some research on Morgan. I saw some stuff about him using a dead woman's account to post information that supported him, and not telling anybody she passed.

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    1. LOL - you didn't read enough then. I didn't use her account to post. Maybe you should check your facts?

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  31. either shut the site down and stop wasting peoples' time (and force them to find a new site and deal with it already) or sell it to someone else who actually cares already. Since obviously noone cares, just do the first thing.

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  32. Is there a zoella thread on YTT???
    I couldnt seem to find one? Pls correct me if i am wrong :D

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  33. I NEED MY HOLLYANNAEREE FIX :( can anyone help me? that thread was slow to begin with so I don't think there's a lot of us out there, but it was the only place I could find :(

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  35. Trasha beezies, come join us over at YouTalkTrash! :) Let's abandon this sinking ship and go to a site that actually works.

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  36. Gossip Bakery now appears to be gone, deleted due to TOS. This is getting ridiculous. Can we go on a mailing list or something, so we can stay in touch? Recongregate at YTT?

    I am heyheyheynow on GG and GB. Please let me know where our next safe haven is.

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  37. Gossip Bakery is gone too. What happened? It's hard to keep finding the forums. Is there a meeting place?

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  38. Dang it, gossip bakery is gone too!?! I'm andumm from there, where is the next meeting place?

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  39. What, so it was getting DDoS'ed literally every single moment of the day? No. It's a shite server host, not "DDoS attacks". You could at least post some answers or your best guesses for the site returning, instead of just a poorly formatted email.

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  40. Hey Gossip Bakery ladies-- andumm here---email me if you are all gatherig somewhere-- LG20626@gmail dot com

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  41. Don't post your new forum on here Morgan likes to spy on rival forums and forums that area made during GG downtimes, he and Nesoi both harass and report sites like YTT and Indepthbants, he had Nesoi spy on Indepthbants because he was mad that they went and made their own forum. The Admin and mod are.lazy on YTT but they don't allow Morgan on there, do t let him know where your new forums are. PROTECT YOURSELVES. HE DOESN'T LIKE COMPETE AND WANTS EVERYONE TO STAY ON GG YET HE WON'T USE THE AD REVENUE TO BUY DECENT SERVERS, AS IS HE HAS ADS RUNNING ON THIS BLOG.

    DON'T POST YOUR NEW FORUMS HE AND NESOI ARE HAWK WATCHING THE COMMENTS ON THIS BLOG. MARK MY WORDS, SHE IS HIS HENCHMAN AND SHE WILL DO WHATEVER HE WANTS.

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    1. We aren't the only one's watching....

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    2. LOL... Uhm, what if I told you, I run all these new forums as well? HAHAHAHAHA, and none of you even knew.

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  42. Muffin people, allow comments on LJ's blogspot. We can congregate there until something is figured out. It'll be sort of how moarfail used to be back in the day.

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  43. donutcrawl here. where do we find LJ's blogspot?

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  44. Keep posting your URLs, we enjoy reading your information.

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