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PPP and SocialSpark, Suffering from DDOS Attack

I could not access my accounts at Payperpost and Socialspark. I could not access any of Izea’s websites. When I type Socialspark’s URL in the address bar and hit enter my browser will just tell me that “Server at Socialspark could not be Found”. The same thing happens when I do it with Payperpost or any of the pages related to Izea network. This problem started two days ago. At first I thought that Socialspark or the Izea network is really down but when I saw that other bloggers I know were posting sponsored posts coming from Socialspark on that day, I realized that Socialspark is up and it is only in my end that there is a problem. I also received e-mails from Socialspark informing me about friendship requests and a reservation for an opp, so it is really only me who could not acces them. I also checked with Berry about her Socialspark account and she told me that nothing is happening except that she can’t access Payperpost website. At this time something was already playing in my mind; my IP address is being barred from accessing Socialspark. So to take a closer look at the problem I had no other choice but to make Socialspark’s firewall see me as not me in order for me to be let in. So I did it and I was able to log in. Once in I immediately sent a ticket explaining my problem. That was last night and so far I haven’t received any reply yet. I know that my ip address is somehow being barred from accessing everything that is Izea. I want to know why. This morning I stumbled upon the explanation. Payperpost and Izea network is suffering from a DDOS attack.

For those who are not familiar with DDOS attack, it means Distributed Denial Of Service attack. The main purpose of the one doing the DDOS attack is to put down a site. In order for my mommy blogger friends to understand what DDOS is all about, I will use layman’s terms as much as possible to explain it. The idea is to flood the target website with fake requests until it can no longer handle the flood and shut down. How do these script kiddies do it? They make thousands or more computers as their “bots” or “zombie” to do simultaneous requests on the target website. Your computer could be one of those, you could be part of the attack without even knowing it. When you open a spam e-mail with attachments, you face the danger of having your computer installed with a malicious software that could turn your computer into a slave, a “bot”, that will do whatever it is told to do by the owner of the malicious software.

I know that bloggers like me who want to earn extra cash from blogging could not help but open all their e-mail, even those that go to the spam box. I open almost every mail because I could not remember all the sign ups I made (which is kind of stupid of me in view of my experience with computers and the internet). My machine could have been part of a DDOS attack on Socialspark or Payperpost that is why my i.p. address is not allowed by Izea’s firewall to access their websites. That is the explanation why i could not access Socialspark and Payperpost. Or it could be that they are filtering out a range of i.p. addresses suspected of carrying out the DDOS attack and my i.p address happens to fall under that range.

All I could do now is to wait for this to be resolved. I am hoping that this would be resolved soon. My opps will melt away if this will go on for long 🙁

11 comments

  1. Meron. At legal. Ganito : Punta ka dito tapos download mo yung stable version ng Tor (version 0.2.0.30 ). Mga 8MB lang yung file so mga 1 or 2 minutes lang tapos na DL. Sara mo yung Firefox mo then install the package. install mo lahat kasi 3 appz yun so dapat naka check lahat sa installation. Pagkatapos mo install dapat mag run na yung Vidalla at Privproxy, makikita mo sa taskbar yung bilog na blue na may letter P at yung isa parang green na Onion ang icon. Kung naka run na yung dalawa Open mo firefox tapos punta ka sa Tools>Add-ons tapos hanapin mo sa list ng add-ons yung Torbutton at i-enable mo. Tingnan mo yung lower right corner ng browser mo kung meron nang "Tor is Enabled" na kulay green. Pag meron na yun ibig sabihin anonymous ka na at pwede ka nang pumasok sa PPP. Ganyan ginagawa ko at nakakapasok ako. Kung di ka makapasok right-click mo yung Onion na icon sa task bar tapos piliin mo yung "change identity" at mag-iiba na naman ang i.p. address mo.

  2. Eto pala yung screen shot ng task bar ko.

    Yun palang “Tor is enabled” na green sa lower right corner ng browser dapat mon i-click kung Red sya at ang nakalagay ay “Tor is disabled”

    screenshot pa dito

  3. Hehehe…

    Di ko naramdaman talaga. Na DDOS pala sila.

    I believe you’re right about people getting some malicious script unknowingly installed in one’s computer. A poor firewall setting, unpatched computer is an easy target to these problems.

    It might be helpful to use antivirus with a built-in firewall capabilities, because packets are filtered. Sa akin I have ESET Smart Security for that.

  4. Nasa forum ng Izea yung news tungkol sa DDOS attack.

    Eset Smart Security rin talaga ang gamit ko dati pa kaya lang last week hindi na maka-update kasi na blacklist he he he, alam mo na, kung saan saan lang kasi ako kumukuha ng serial. So no choice ako but to use the second best, yung Avast Pro. Magaling din, kasing gaan ng Eset at kasing galing manghuli ng malware at virus.

  5. What? Hehe… Sana free nga ang lahat.

    Avast Pro is commonly used din. I’ve tried that too. Kaspersky and Bitdefender are also great pero mabigat sa resources.

    At least meron antivirus kaysa wala.

    I didn’t feel the attack anyway so I never knew this problem. I ran into some Pinoy blogs earlier…. may mga post din sila about this problem.

  6. Dati Kaspersky ako pero mukhang laging nalulusutan ng virus at medyo mabigat kaya Eset na at Avast lang ang pwede kon pilian. Pwede rin yung AVG magaan rin.

    Free naman lahat sa akin he he he Kahit ung Adobe Creative Suite 3 Ko na Master Collection worth $2,000+ nagawa ko ring maging libre he he he

  7. Hmm… where are your sources? Email mo na lang sa akin through my contact page that I’ll be putting up today. I have my own sources too, what do you think about this exchange?

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