Explanation of recent slowness and temporary downtime

Hi All,

You may have noticed that the site has been a bit slow lately and we even experienced some small outages. Some of our ex-players decided to go script kiddie on us and retaliated their bans via a series of automated attacks that overburdened our server. This made the site inaccessible to all instead of just to those who were banned.

Over the past couple days I have been making a number of security improvements to mitigate the impact of further attacks of this nature. If the safeguards I have put in place should be overcome our data center will block the malicious traffic and notify the proper authorities.

In addition to this I have asked Alchemist Edmund to return to his role of system administrator. This means that if the site should go down again I won't be the only one who can bring it back up.

I appreciate your continued patience and understanding concerning this matter.

Sincerely,
Your Headmaster


Responses 26 - 28 of 28 to "Explanation of recent slowness and temporary downtime"

Insidious Decoy • Friday, September 23, 2011 - 8:39am • #1

Oh god, skids went ape%$!#. I don't know what's more pathetic, the fact that they target a site like HL, or the fact that they're using fully automatic tools for their attacks.
Oh well, glad everything's settled now.

b5ad83ecf30e709 • Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 2:58pm • #2

I'm not having any problems, hurray!

Haamp;tch • Monday, May 27, 2013 - 3:30am • #3

A very very late comment, this is more on the banning side of things and immaturity.. Say x player does something and y player does the same, the outcomes are different.. Say x player makes #@%$!# remarks, or actions on a daily basis and y player does the same for a few moments.. x Player gets no action taken but y player gets instantly banned.. This is a) Not fair. b) rather idiotic... It happens on a daily occurrence. Now the reasons this stuff actually happened, was. Not only players not liking how one can get away with stuff and the other cant but how people brown nose to get their way to punishment immunity... Enough said.

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