Fast Fingers

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 26, 2013 in Internet |

I could watch the livestream of my visitor logs for hours on end, just frowning and wondering what on earth some of them think they are doing. Could, but I certainly have no intention of doing so, since there are enough other things in life which interest me considerably more, and I’d have a hard time keeping up with the updates if I did. Not boasting, but there were a lot of hits on the site yesterday: we’re talking about double my usual number of visitors, and that is not a small number.

I do read through the logs though, now and then, just to see if there is anything interesting in there and, believe me, sometimes there is. I’ve already mentioned these bots which try to gain access to the back-end of the site, and those which try to sign-up or register as a user. I don’t allow that, only one person posts here – even when there are occasionally more writers (those rare Guest Posts for example) – and that is the way I intend keeping it.

Viktoria Michaelis: Attempted DoS Attack Block Log

This is interesting, though. My security options are set to throttle anyone who tries to access pages too quickly. I’m not interested in having an overload making the site either load slower for real visitors or collapse through overwork, so I’ve set a limit on the number of page accesses a person is allowed. Note: this is for those who come to the site as humans, not as bots or crawlers. The limit is set to a maximum of thirty page views per minute (crawlers get twice the number) which, to my way of thinking, is more than enough. I like to think people come here to read the content, and not to just boost my pageviews score.

So how can I feel about someone who hits pages at such a high rate they are throttled back two hundred and seventy-one times in just a few minutes? At least, that’s the way it looks to me. You might see something else there, but that last entry seems fairly conclusive to me, almost like an attack. I don’t know how many hits they tried to get through, but I could guess at more than eight thousand. Not a good thing.

That said, the massive number of hits didn’t bother the server, no downtime and no slowing down of traffic, which is a good thing. Guess I’ll just have to block the IP permanently rather than have it throttled whenever they come back again. Makes no difference to me because, as I say, I’m not overwhelmed by the number of pageviews – although many visitors is a fine feeling – more by the idea that my visitors do read what I’ve written.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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