Heavy Spamming -How To Avoid

May 20, 2008

For past one week, my wordpress based blog is just dead, becasue of heavy trackback/pingback spamming(500 a minute). I've tried various plugins, but to no avail.

In addition to stop spammers before generating PHP load, I've tried all possible HTACCESS rules, but to no avail. I truly sure, I've done something wrong.

May I request the experts here to advice on how to stop this ongoing spamming?

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REVIEW Absolute Design Barnsley Absolutewebdesign.co.uk Avoid Smart Merchant AVOID

Mar 3, 2009

i would just like to vocalise my utter disbelief at how incompetent and dishonest Absolute Design Barnsley aka Smart Merchant aka Absolutewebdesign.co.uk have been.

Our company signed up just over a year ago to their Absolute Design Smart Merchant shopping cart website system.

To overview, this is a pay-monthly service where they host the site and we add products to the CMS style website that Absolute Design have produced.

Being a small family business we opted for this kind of pay monthly service as it would (we hoped) give us some level of support from Absolute Design Barnsley to help with the running of the site.

At first they were helpful at getting the site setup initially but months down the line and after phonecalls or online chats with Absolute Design , the result has been no action being taken as requested.

Simple things like removing the option for other currencies... I phoned in August of 2008 and was asked to email the request to Absolute Design Barnsley , which i did. Did the other currencies get removed? Nope! I phoned and emailed many times.

This year due to the economic climate we have had many price changes to do, so i phoned Absolute Design Barnsley and asked for a holding page to be put up while i changed all the prices.

I was told this would be done within the hour.

I had my doubts that this would actually happen due to past experience, and indeed a WEEK later and the holding page STILL was not up.

During this week we had several people try and buy things at the old prices and we had to cancel orders. This is obviously frustrating for us and the customers.

Due to Absolute Design 's Smart Merchant poor system i since found out i was unable to 'turn off' the shop in any way except for basically deleting the entire payment gateway setup.

Products were also still viewable at old prices via google, even if i disabled them in the CMS itself. BAD Smart Merchant !

Also in this time i managed to decide and almost fully populate a new website for our shop, it seem's Absolute Design Barnsley cannot even produce a holding page in that same space of time.

Now, you may think why didnt i just leave? Well, after that week i rang up and asked to cancel, i was asked why and i CALMLY stated my reasons, which were basically poor support.

This resulted in Andy Clegg from Absolute Design Barnsley saying to email my request to leave and he slammed down the phone.

I emailed my request to change our Domain IPS tag and contact details and within a few minutes our website had been deleted BUT Absolute Design Barnsley decided to delete the IPSTAG for the domain, basically rendering the domain useless, including our email which we use on a daily basis.

I spoke Absolute Design again on the webchat (on a friday) and asked them to change the IPStag again, they said ok, but it probably wont get done till Monday.

I was obviously doubtful as it didnt take them long to delete the IPSTAG....

Monday comes and Absolute Design still haven't changed the IPSTAG. We are shut on mondays so i rang on Tuesday and spoke to Craig. He seemed more reasonable and said he would change it shortly. Several hours later and Absolute Design Barnsley still had'nt changed our IPSTAG and were still basically holding our domain hostage.

I ring up AGAIN, speak to craig, he says hold on for a moment, about a minute later they just hung up the phone again. I ring once more and noone answers...

Instead of swift switchover to the new site, Absolute Design Barnsley have forced us to take action with Nominet to recover our domain.

This just seems ridiculous, I'm guessing Absolute Design Barnsley must be losing alot of customers but to act the way they have is just childish.

What is the point of causing so much agro just because someone wants to cancel?

I hope this post reaches anyone else who is considering taking up services with Absolute Design Barnsley aka Absolute Web Design aka Absolute Web Hosting aka Absolute Shopping Cart aka Smart Merchant and urge you to think twice!

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I only know TOP to know the current server status.

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I think if I can check the exact site or cgi causing heavy loading. Perhaps it helps us to make our server up.

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Around 800 users simultaneous access simulteneously and ASP.NET app, that will request some date from an MS-SQL Server database and point the browser to image file (all at once), every few seconds (it's a live webcast applications). The server is quite robust, with 500 GB in a RAID-5, 4 GB RAM, Dual Opteron Processor.

When the users access it, the machine memory and CPU usage a low. Also it has plenty of bandwidth, since it's directly tied to a Gigabit port on the datacenter. I kept an eye on all paramenters and there is no imporant bottleneck on the hardware side.

Here is my problem: after some "images" are sent, with 800 users, the users start getting a 503 error, and can no longer access the images.

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I've already tried tweaking all those paramenters on the Application Pool, but no results. For example, I tried increasing the Request Queue Limit value, but that doesn't seem to make any difference.

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Has anyone ever seen this? Is there a way to get this solved? Again, this address [url] has a description of what seems to be my problem... but I didn't manage to get this solved.

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Nov 24, 2007

I'm currently considering to enter the VPS market

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Yes, I know that the hard drives are more than oversized for VPS hosting

The Opteron server will have a very, very nice I/O performance so that customers are going to have a good feeling while working on it. To refinance the costs it would of course be neccessary to put not less than 125 VPS on one box, so I can imagine that there'll be a bottle neck somewhere (CPU power I'd guess?).

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How can i make it so it stays stable?

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Spam filters do not solve the problem - they simply put some percentage of spam in a folder, often genuine emails, and we still have to go through it manually.

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I would like someone more knowledgeable perhaps explain this.

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I have checked /var/log/maillog and there is just some login and logout information of my users, and when checking /var/log/messages there are some messages of IPs that are connected and regular informations.

How I can trace which account is sending spams? and how can I stop spamming? it's about 2 days that my mail server situation is terrible!

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Before running the test, the connection to the DB server from both boxes seem fine. Using the mysql client program on either box A or B trying to connect to the DB, the connection goes through instantly. In the /etc/my.cnf file, I have max_connections=4096 and max_user_connections=4096. Note that the web app uses one single db user to connect to the db. To allow remote connection, I inserted one record into the user table of the mysql db whose the host field's value is '%' (allow connection from all remote hosts).

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Hello, My name is Tom Sebastiani, and I work for a hosting company called Lunar Pages.

I ran across your website on the Internet, and I thought I might be able to offer you more features on your hosting for less money.

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The server runs plesk admin panel.

I know I can always inspect messages in the queue, qmhandle is good as well to do so. but is there any better way.

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Days turned into weeks and not a single byte of data had been copied across. I opened yet another support ticket asking when they would do this, and this is the response I got:

"You will need to login as Administrator and copy files across. If you want us to copy certain files, we need to know what directories you want copied and there will be a charge of £100+VAT."

That's right, £117.50 for them to restore our data despite it being COMPLETELY THEIR FAULT that the server had gone offline. I could possibly understand the charge if somehow I'd managed to cause the hard drive failure but obviously this was not the case.

I seriously have no idea how they expect to be able to justify this charge.

So you might be thinking, "why not just login as administrator and copy it across yourself?" Good question - unfortunately they only give administrator or root access to customers who request it via their control panel, and those who do request root access subsequently forfeit any software updating/patching/configuration or technical support. In other words, I had to sacrifice all this if I wanted my data back, which was not an acceptable course of action for me as I am in no way a qualified server administrator.

One of the reasons I went with 123-Reg in the first place is that they promised from the outset to take care of all server maintenance for me.

As I'm typing this, the server (and consequently all sites on it) has been offline for over a month and I have come to the conclusion that 123 are utterly incompetent server providers. I'm going to cancel my account immediately and take my business elsewhere, and assure people that staying well away from this company will be the best decision you ever make.

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