View Full Version : New Security Measures (28th Aug 2019)

08-28-2019, 08:32 PM
Dear All,

We've looked into the unusually large number of guests viewing the site over the past few days following some discussion here (https://anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?18138-New-exponential-growth-Or-some-sort-of-bug&p=594224&viewfull=1#post594224).

A preliminary review suggested these may have been an organic surge in viewers (as was the case last Autumn/Fall). However, after thoroughly reviewing the analytics from those >4k "guests", it quickly became apparent that they're bots, and our forum was experiencing a mild distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack (https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/D/DDoS_attack.html)(a severe one would've overloaded our server).

We currently have no evidence to suggest that we were specifically targeted, as a handful of other sites have also experienced a surge in tandem with us. The majority of these bots have so far come from China and Europe.

We have liaised with our hosts and have implemented several strategies to negate their effect. As all of you have no doubt experienced over the past few hours, one of our strategies employs CloudFlare's DDoS protection. Since implementing these, the forum has (thankfully) returned to its' previous loading speed for the most part and the guest count has dropped markedly.

We may need to beef up our net resilience further over the coming months, and those changes would likely come at a cost. As a reminder, Anthrogenica is a non-profit, community-funded, community-run platform. Every financial contribution we receive goes towards upgrading and maintaining this site.
If you derive some benefit from our forum and haven't yet contributed, you'd certainly help us in securing our existence in this virtual space through either a Subscription Class membership (https://anthrogenica.com/payments.php) or a one-off donation (https://anthrogenica.com/misc.php?do=donate). Please see this thread (https://anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?7757-Anthrogenica-Sustainability-amp-Your-Support) for more details on our Sustainability Model.
For those who've already made a contribution through either (or both) of the above - Or are currently serving as members of our administration - We continue to thank you for your current and past support for our community.

Hope you're having a good week so far - Thanks for your time and attention.

08-31-2019, 03:18 PM
Hi again everyone,

Just a note here for the record and for your info.

We'll be periodically turning the CloudFlare DDoS protection on for a short period of time as a precautionary measure, so please don't consider it a permanent feature of your forum experience.