Posted on Friday, 31st of May, 2013 @ 7:10am by Third Year (S) Kelly Smythe
The Hogwart's wiki is going to be down for a while. I told a few of you that I was having problems with spam bots hitting the wiki, creating accounts full of spam links. Well last night it hit a crescendo. Since then, the spam bots had been hitting the wiki so hard that I got a call this morning telling me that the account (RPGS-R.Us) had been hogging resources to the point that it was making sites across the server time out.
What's going to happen: I'm afraid that the damage done to the wiki are serious enough that I'm going to have to install a new copy of mediawiki, harden it to prevent further intrusions (including using the bad bot lists from user-agent.org, the ban lists accumulated from various copies of my CMS (Sorry UA, CN, RU, etc- well not really) as well as email verification of accounts and email address verification before that and login captcha). I may be going overboard by hardening it that much, but the problem was serious enough to degrade server performance and I really don't want to lose my hosting, nor the hosting for the entire RPGs-R.US family of sites.
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