Directly after the republication of the 2K.com site review (mentioned in the last update), WonderGamer.net started displaying the effects of what appeared to be a DDoS attack, which was first noticed when I attempted to push a reparative update. These attacks do not only effect my site, but also others on the same server (over 200 last I checked). I quickly contacted my host to make them aware of it so they could put counter-measures into effect, then placed the following note on IsItDownRightNow to let my normal viewers know the situation:
I am aware the site is currently running slow, I have already contacted my host reporting a possible DDoS attack. Issue started happening directly after republishing the 2K.com site review, 2K is expected to be responsible for the attack.
After that I started doing a continuous ping test to WonderGamer.net so I could verify when it was stable enough to push the reparative update, including this news alert written while it was down during the attack.
New review written on 2K.com regarding Support Avoidance & Forum Bans. This review written after a connection issue in Evolve that has lasted a few months already...
Also expect a MASSIVE increase in raw access logs going up to support the IP ban list, as there has been over 20 IPs (or ranges) I have had to ban this month & this was just from periodic checking when I did small updates. My host has changed the way these are reported from IP addresses to host names, so the format for that page has changed & I'm now having to rely on hostname bans when I can not determine an IP from the hostname. Unfortunately a hostname ban is going to be exempt from ban appeals, as I won't be able to unban an individual from being wrongfully banned if I can't even find their IP address in the ban list due to being a hostname ban (one that I couldn't determine IP address from the hostname) instead.
EDIT: Due to the open BBB complaint against 2K, publication of those raw access logs & further IP bans from them in the month of January will be postponed until the BBB complaint is closed as it is higher priority.
A new review has been written regarding false revenue reports on HtmlsRank.com.
New review added on Pokemon Shuffle, I should have one up on Pokemon GO soon as well. At this point I'm working on getting all my reviews transferred over to this site (when I have spare time) so they'll all be in one place.
I have added another user to the eBay users blacklist, turns out this was another eBay account by the same seller I had an issue with when I started the blacklist. When it's verified that a user on the blacklist has multiple accounts, it will be pointed out what accounts have been verified as such at the bottom of the user page giving information as to what happened & why they're blacklisted.
Also I've noticed that somebody appears to be using Google URLs to make direct links to ZIP files on the site, expected to be the same situation as the last site that was discrediting my site for providing a mirror to those files. While I really would have rather not had to do it, I've removed all Google domains that were previously on the hotlinking whitelist to battle this; I may re-enable those later if I can determine they are no longer using that method...
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