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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2014, 04:58:38 am »
Also, why does everyone care so much about FA? :V

The answer to that, at least in your case, is yet another question: Why do you care so much about coming here to partake in our discourse? You've obviously outstayed your welcome here.
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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #41 on: November 02, 2014, 05:34:07 am »
For some reason, their CDN was accessible even when the site was not. I was able to retrieve direct image links without issue. So I'm thinking whatever's serving up images is separate.

The entire CDN won't go down; they are designed that way (or at least, the ones I've worked on).


Perhaps if you stopped pretending to know everything, you'd read the many mentions on this website that FA's "CDN" is just one or two boxes in their rack at InfoRelay. CloudFlare is the first time they are using anything close to a "real" CDN.

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Re: Yet another DDoS Part 2
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2014, 10:22:20 pm »
So a new journal has been posted!

http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/6311970/

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Dragoneer had been exploring options to provide users with a way to donate to the website since this option had been unavailable for about 3 years. // Soon after the GoFundMe was created in preparation, Fur Affinity was DDoS’d by unverifiable assailants which resulted in loss of access to the site.

So within 3 years, it just so happens that they get DDOSed mere hours after creating the GoFundMe. What timing...

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There were also unfounded conspiracies posted about the timing of the DDoS and the creation of the donation page, falsely leading patrons to believe that Dragoneer had paid to attack his own site and other furry art communities in an attempt to collect money for his own personal gain.



"Donation Money Uses"

My favourite part.
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-252.72 (Pingdom: 2014/10) [Yearly]
Awesome use of $250, it is not like they offer a free service or could EASILY set their own up off a reliable VPS provider....

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-14.99 (OVH VPS: 2014/10) [Monthly]
//
OVH VPS (Monthly Expense):
An email host system that provides the site with separate bandwidth for staff communication.
Oh yes, this system is so important it is worth spending 5x as much as you really need...
This would be more than fine on the $3 a month option OVH provide... No need to high powered ESXi VM, OpenVZ would be fine and is only 0.05 less garmented uptime..


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Furthermore, we are discussing pruning notifications that are old to further augment the system being put into place to increase performance further. In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated.
I suggested this multiple times to Neer and he said no... Great to know that he is finally changing his mind after 6 months...

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Dragoneer is looking into the possibility of purchasing additional servers so that we can increase content upload sizes for all users. This will also come with new coding to properly provide site resizing in addition to being able to download the full resolution.
It wouldn't be a real downtime experience without at least 1 new server being bought and never implemented...

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Fur Affinity is a massive website home to 1.15 million accounts
Yea and YouTube has billions of users yet only half actually upload content.. Same here. Get off ya high horse

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due to my own incompetence or due to roadblocks outside of my control that I am unable to overcome, then I will resign
Here is the door, just walk right on through.. Save us the time and effort.

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Fur Affinity will be transparent with all donations made to the website and how those donations are used.
Well it does not take long to create a document on Google Docs that lists already what you have spent. Surly you lot are logging what you are doing already?

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Staff:
Yes because it is so hard to train someone to ignore the ticket section...

 

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2014, 01:42:36 am »
And the best part is, we're hearing from Chase about "Transparency". Chase. The guy who was snuck back in under the username "Carmen" because they feared controversy.

I'm not at all surprised that Dragoneer could not come forward himself to actually say anything about this all.


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Soon after the GoFundMe was created in preparation, Fur Affinity was DDoS’d by unverifiable assailants which resulted in loss of access to the site. Smaller attacks have been launched in the past with varying levels of impact on the site, including financial, but this one was the largest. With the intent to alleviate these issues, Dragoneer launched the GoFundMe. Unfortunately, the donation site was closed due to people filing reports stating that Fur Affinity was a pornographic website in an attempt to prevent him from collecting the maximum allowance. There were also unfounded conspiracies posted about the timing of the DDoS and the creation of the donation page, falsely leading patrons to believe that Dragoneer had paid to attack his own site and other furry art communities in an attempt to collect money for his own personal gain. These lies unfortunately lead to approximately $500 in chargebacks against the donation drive.



THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO TRUTH TO THESE RUMORS!!! THESE ARE LIES TOLD BY THE INFIDELS OF THE VIVISECTOR STATE!!! TAKING AWAY MONEY RIGHTFULLY GIVEN TO THE GLORIOUS DIGIMON OVERLORD!!!



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There has been concern about the donation drive and taxes that Fur Affinity owes. Fur Affinity currently owes approximately $10,000 to government agencies for taxes on advertisements andFur Affinity United. These taxes were not correctly appraised. I have discussed this with Dragoneer, and to prevent this error in the future, he has asked his certified public accountant to calculate taxes on a quarterly level, resulting in higher accuracy when estimating taxes and saving more money to cover any unforeseen issues.


This is pretty blatant proof that Dragoneer has no idea how to run a business. Did he... just forget that he'd have to pay taxes? Does he understand how they work? Maybe instead of blowing every dime the convention makes on stupid trinkets and pool parties, he could put them towards taxes.


They then claim none of the donations are going towards taxes. So I'll be interested in knowing how he pays for that.


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Increase Content Capacity:Dragoneer is looking into the possibility of purchasing additional servers so that we can increase content upload sizes for all users. This will also come with new coding to properly provide site resizing in addition to being able to download the full resolution.



So much for "moving to the cloud" I guess.


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Conquer Trouble Tickets:Fur Affinity is a massive website home to 1.15 million accounts and we do not have enough staff answering tickets, resulting in a backlog. Hiring and training more staff is a necessity that I will discuss shortly.



"1.15 million accounts" , many of which are probably spam accounts, abandoned accounts, and accounts made for the purpose of hiding administrators.


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There are those buzzwords again, but can Fur Affinity stay true to its promises? I think the issue with saying that “Fur Affinity is going to be more transparent” is that there is nothing attached. Are we going to be completely transparent across the board like a public agency or are we going to be more transparent in specific areas of our business, like the private company we are? Furthermore, how does accountability play a role?


I can't help but think he's literally asking these questions.


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As a user of this website, I sympathize with everyone who was uneasy with the decision to appoint Zidonuke to a System Administrator role. I do not condone his past actions nor was I involved with this decision. I only knew of this appointment after the announcement was made.


So we end the "Guys you can trust us! Honestly! We've changed!" journal with proof that Princess Piche once again arbitrarily appointed someone to staff without even consulting his BESTEST FRIEND and "Director or Operations." Got it.

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2014, 12:19:09 pm »
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If my position is ineffective in making a difference to this website whether due to my own incompetence or due to roadblocks outside of my control that I am unable to overcome, then I will resign...  I only knew of this appointment after the announcement was made.

What more does he want? Being "Director of Operations" doesn't mean a damn thing if the man in charge doesn't respect your position. Many have tried to make a difference, and all have failed, regardless of time or effort spent on the endeavour. The course is set by neer's hands, and everyone else is just along for the ride.
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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #45 on: December 04, 2014, 04:17:38 am »
On the subject of money:

I don't know how this listing got onto this site, and I don't know how long it's been there for, but apparently Dragoneer was trying to find people to invest in his "profitable startup".

http://www.invstor.com/users/sean-piche



I guess he lives in a world where "profitable" means that you have to beg your userbase to finance servers you won't use for a year after purchasing them.

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #46 on: December 04, 2014, 06:40:09 am »
I can imagine the pitch for venture capital.

"We experience continuous growth in user numbers, but we operate in the red since our launch. We're like Twitter!"

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #47 on: December 04, 2014, 01:04:02 pm »
It's hilarious, because FA would have no effective VC-style monitization path I can think of. They're already doing furry stuff ads. Regular ads would put them in the porn ghetto due to brand safety lists, and what furry is going to click on generic porn ads when they're already getting *their* fetish porn for free? And charging for access would be one of the few things that would kill FA.
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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #48 on: December 15, 2014, 12:22:35 pm »
$24k later...


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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #49 on: December 15, 2014, 04:43:56 pm »


I wonder if there will ever be a time they actually investigate before tweeting "IT'S NOT OUR FAULT!!!" Also, once the site goes down, they're no longer "trying" to DDoS you. They did.






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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #50 on: December 15, 2014, 06:05:18 pm »
They are basically the government when it comes to where the blame lies...

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #51 on: December 20, 2014, 06:30:18 am »


You'd think they would have paid for some sort of DDOS protection out of that $25k....


I heard about a service called CloudFlare, isn't that meant to protect you?

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #52 on: December 20, 2014, 01:45:17 pm »
I heard about a service called CloudFlare, isn't that meant to protect you?

Doesn't quite work as intended when you don't renumber your subnet to obscure yourself behind them, for one.

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(0)stomping-at-the-savoy$ dig +nocmd +nocomment +notrace +nostats -x 70.33.186.196
;196.186.33.70.in-addr.arpa.    IN      PTR
196.186.33.70.in-addr.arpa. 3602 IN     PTR     www.furaffinity.net.

It also doesn't help that they're likely not caching things properly at the CloudFlare side of things so that their origin tier isn't receiving the brunt of traffic it once was. Then again, they're probably not keeping counts of total requests to edge, cache hits, cache misses, and total requests to origin, which would all then allow them to determine how well their caching strategy is working.

But, hey, that's cool. I warned Dragoneer about this over some private emails that I exchanged with him. Apparently, none of my advice is being heeded. Again. This is all par for the course at this point.
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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #53 on: December 21, 2014, 05:30:31 pm »
For the past few weeks Dragoneer's page has been getting a constant stream of shouts like this:



Edit:

two shouts from just now, as a a result of the most recent problem ('Administrator notice: The content server is currently offline. We are working on restoring connectivity to it as swiftly as possible'):


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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #54 on: December 21, 2014, 06:04:25 pm »
I think the ArchiveTeam need to look at doing the FA archive sooner than expected :p

That is if the storage server comes back online and they did not fuck everyone's data up...

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #55 on: December 22, 2014, 05:18:53 am »
Another day, another fresh round of shouts on Dragoneer's page. Just posting it to illustrate how many unhappy shouts he's been getting, over the past few weeks, on a daily basis:




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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #56 on: December 26, 2014, 02:54:46 pm »
A couple of things...

One: We finally have an updated look at their rack. Can you find the hidden stick of RAM???

Two: They continue to deal with DDoSes. I'm starting to think the end game for this is to simply drive Dragoneer insane.

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #57 on: December 26, 2014, 08:12:48 pm »
I'm starting to think the end game for this is to simply drive Dragoneer insane.

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #58 on: December 26, 2014, 09:39:08 pm »
There is enough spare room in that rack to swing a horse's cock in...

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Re: Yet another DDoS
« Reply #59 on: December 28, 2014, 09:32:57 am »
Well, they tried filling it with gaming servers so Dragoneer people could play Team Fortress 2, but some people thought that was an irresponsible use of resources.