An unprecedented attack on a NZ website

Here’s what the Web Host company said to us about the attack on our ProtectMarriage.org.nz website yesterday:

Just letting you know your http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz domain is currently experiencing a large scale denial of service attack, we’re currently actively blocking the IP addresses associated with the attack and will continue to monitor your domain throughout the day. You’re getting around 8000 MySQL connections a section in a large scale attack, your using about 18GB of RAM usage and in excess of 10,000 processes. We’re routing all traffic through a secondary firewall from any international sources which may result in slower speeds for international visitors but domestic users should be coming back up to full speed as we begin terminating traffic blocks. Your DDoS attack took out our entire network traffic about 100Mbps which result in the same issue as you experienced on all sites on the server so we’re quite overloaded at present.”

Means nothing to me 🙂 I’m a technophobe.

But I know that some people simply can’t debate – so they attack! Desparation.

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19 comments for “An unprecedented attack on a NZ website

  1. Jesus Ramirez
    30 July 2012 at 4:08 pm

    When you attack people, demand they be kept to a lesser status, is it any surprise that some bite back?

    But do not tar all your opnents with the same brush, just as we do not rall all xtians with the brush of Westbro baptists.

    Anti-gay bullying is a theological issue because it has a theological base. I find it difficult to believe that even those among us with a vibrant imagination can muster the creative energy to picture a reality in which anti-gay violence and bullying exist without the anti-gay religious messages that support them.

  2. Justine Vollert
    30 July 2012 at 4:45 pm

    hi there BOb I fully support your web site protect marriage. It is interesting how we as Christians arent allowed to express our views without being labled as bigots but arent those attacking you website bigots too . Hypocrisy is rife on the other side of the fence as well.

  3. Dean
    30 July 2012 at 4:48 pm

    You could run your traffic through http://www.cloudflare.com before it gets to your host that will help greatly with blocking hackers and reducing load at your host.

  4. Will
    30 July 2012 at 5:31 pm

    They are basically using MySQL to simulate thousands of people calling on the website in a short space of time – crashing it. They are probably doing it at a university [or some such place] with many computers, so that when one gets it IP blocked, they can hop over to the next. Or perhaps they mask their IP address altogether.

  5. Bob
    30 July 2012 at 6:44 pm

    No problem with robust debate. Just believe in focusing on the ball, not the player.
    And agree not to tar all opponents. This was done by extremists who simply don’t know how to debate.

  6. 30 July 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I’d be interested to see the evidence of a DDoS attack. From what I can tell it’s more a case that a website was put up which was extremely controversial and likely to receive a large amount of traffic. The web host clearly was not prepared for such traffic. So it’d be more like being Slashdot’d or Digg’d than DDoS’d. Additionally, if the website WordPress install wasn’t using a decent caching plugin it would be putting needless strain on the server on every single page load.

  7. Bob
    30 July 2012 at 10:04 pm

    We’ll go on the web host report. They have no reason to mislead. They’re the experts

  8. Louise
    31 July 2012 at 12:28 am

    Your Protect Marriage facebook page would beg to differ. Your side is getting comprehensively owned in the comments, and you’re being forced to block and delete people who have been neither offensive nor rude.

    What makes you so afraid of homosexuals? Do they weaken your marriage with your wife? If so, why is your bond so fragile that it can be damaged by unrelated people? Very strange.

    I am secure in my relationship. It does not seem you are. That is very sad.

  9. Louise
    31 July 2012 at 12:31 am

    A bigot is someone who discriminates against people due to race, gender, and sexual orientation. Bob McCroskrie is doing this.

    While I don’t agree with the site being attacked, the attackers are not bigots. They are just angry to see people lobbying for discrimination.

    You lot were all against civil unions, and they didn’t do anything to destroy the world’s moral fabric. Gay marriage won’t do it either. you’d be better off focusing on your own lives – helping the poor, giving to the needy, doing all those Christiany things.

    If Jesus had wanted us to discriminate against gay people, he would have actually mentioned them in the Bible at some point.

  10. Bob
    31 July 2012 at 1:53 am

    Facebook comments sections are no judge of the merit of an argument!!!

    And we have a clear policy of only
    removing personal attacks and offensive posts – just setting a standard, that’s all.

    We have lots of families viewing the site so their interest comes first

  11. Bob
    31 July 2012 at 1:57 am

    No – a bigot is “a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race”

    If we qualify for that, so could you 🙂

    Lobbying for discrimination? Did you know the marriage act already discriminates in terms of age and number of married partners? Did you know nature discriminates against same-sex couple having children?

  12. Louise
    3 August 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I’m tolerant of Christianity – when am I denying Christians the right to marry? Heck, I’m not even denying them the right to divorce, yet they’re not meant to do that. How am I a bigot? I’m glad you realise you qualify, though.

    Marriage discriminates by age in the same way all legal contracts do – children cannot sign any contract. That’s just law. Sorry if that’s difficult for you.

    If you want to change marriage so that a group can marry each other, then someone is welcome to suggest that to Parliament. But that’s not the issue now. I like marriage because it’s dedicating you life to the one person you love – man or woman. That’s beautiful.

    Nature doesn’t discriminate against same sex couples having children. With each other, sure, but they can have kids via a sperm donation or IVF or surrogacy. Or they can adopt! We need people to adopt kids in need!

    Did YOU know that nature doesn’t discriminate against homosexuality, as it’s found in over 250 species? Funny, that.

  13. Rhona
    3 August 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I don’t see that. Some homosexual commentators have actually spoken out in opposition to what happened to the Protect Marriage website. I just hope no conservative vigilante hackers decide to reciprocate against their websites.

  14. Bob
    3 August 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Did they????? Who? (I’m genuinely fascinated to know because I didn’t hear that expressed).

    During the smacking debate, Sue Bradford received a threatening note. We immediately put out a media release denouncing such tactics – which Sue told me she appreciated.

    I have not heard any such opposition to our website being attacked.

  15. Rhona
    3 August 2012 at 5:27 pm

    A Mr Craig Young, on his Gaynz.Com website blog, “Proclamations of the Red Queen”, analysing the Protect Marriage website in general and in detail. Down the bottom, he said this about the hacking and downtime:

    “Postscript: It now seems that the Family First and Protect Marriage sites have been attacked by hackers and have been taken down while migrating to another provider. I dislike cybervandalism and believe the best way to combat offensive discourse is with evidence-based affirmative discourse.”

    http://www.gaynz.com/blogs/redqueen/?p=1286

  16. Bob
    3 August 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Be good for someone credible in the public domain to have spoken out – someone who the public understand as being on the opposite argument to us

  17. Justine Vollert
    3 August 2012 at 10:11 pm

    a bigot is also someone who discriminates against religious belives. Mr McCroskie does not discrimate agains those of sexual orientation. He accepts that there is civil unions.So attackers are not biggots huh they are attacking this site becuaswe of its belives . That what a bigot is

  18. Justine Vollert
    3 August 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I would be concerned if this law passed . We have those of muslim faith in this country. Some sects of Islam the men are able to take up to 4 wives. As Islam grows in this country so will the fact that at some stage some Islamic man will take four wives. What then.

  19. Tim Bennett
    3 August 2012 at 10:25 pm

    It is besides the point, and I am not at all hinting or alluding to the fact that it might happen, but what is you issue with polygamy? It certainly will not affect you and it is normal in other parts of the world, and it is also throughout the bible and history. Just saying

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