Update May 18, 2013
http://sternnation.com forums are back online, Mike got everything back up today after the Godaddy screwup. I’ve closed the backup forum for now. See you on the SternNation Forums!
Regarding the outage of the SternNation forums May 15, 16…
Spoke to Mike, there has been a wave of people who have had hosting through GoDaddy have had their sites go down recently. There are posts on the godaddy forums as well as wordpress forums and various others. The reason Godaddy have been telling everyone including Mike of SternNation is “excessive DNS” issues.
Now to take hundreds of sites offline for this particular reason is a bit like chopping your toe completely off just because you had an ingrown toe nail. I spoke to Mike via emails and reading everyone’s complaints on other forums what I’ve been able to piece together is the common factor is a runaway sql server. Now those sites that host with Godaddy use Godaddy’s sql servers, and it’s probably a safe bet that the sql servers aren’t all shared. It’s probably all seperate virtual hosts, it’s very possible that the sql servers vhosts are on it’s own machine while the web hosting accounts are on it’s own machine. Anyhow it doesn’t matter how it’s really setup, but from I can piece together the majority of people with issues all ran forums or wordpress/drupal/joomla type sites.
In the case of a forum it could have been set to not disable hostname lookups, which if there were tons of abandoned accounts or lots of incoming traffic that would cause a whole lot of reverse ip dns requests you then combine this with hundreds of other Godaddy hosted forums also set to do hostname lookups, each time those logs or specific sections were accessed it would send a huge spike in dns traffic to Godaddy’s dns servers creating a type of “internal DDOS” in a sense. Blog sites like WordPress and such also have options to turn on hostname lookups or not.
This is my conclusion going on the posts on godaddy forums and wordpress.org forums at least. The annoying part is Godaddy never informed it’s customers of this issue and dropped the sites offline to deal with the problem without telling the customers creating a huge hornet’s nest of angry customers.
Anyhow with that said, Mike will have the sternnation forums back up and running shortly. But until then I tossed up a temporary forum for those looking for news can swing by and check it out until sternnation is back up. I do have registrations tightened down a bit, so when you register it may take a little bit as I have to approve it manually. But don’t fret, it’ll be taken care of as soon as I see it
Update 5/18: Stern Nation Forums are back online! See ya on the forums.
Update (1/20/2013): The site is back up, Mike had been a bit under the weather and didn’t see the domain renewal notice, he renewed and the site is back up now. So come on over if interested in nice place to hang out, uncensored , unfiltered
The Sternnation.com forums are down at the moment. Well the forums are probably up and just fine. The problem is the domain name has expired today 1/17/13.
Don’t know if Mike was aware of the impending renewal fee or that the yearly term was up so soon and the reminder email may have slipped his mind.
I’m just speculating. Anyhow soon as I hear anything I’ll update this post.
I know Mike stays pretty busy, so you usually have a grace period to renew before the domain releases, so if that’s the case once Mike notices it should fire back up once the DNS propagates.
otherwise as they say on old tv serials “Stay Tuned…”
DNS Changer a trojan botnet/virus kicked off around 2007 and has been spreading ever since. It infected computers using malware which modified a computer’s DNS entries to point toward its own rogue servers, which then injected its own advertising into web pages. Those ads have made millions for the hacker group that created the trojan malware.
To help combat such a large infection due to DNS Changer, the FBI had of course taken down the botnet, but to help infected computers still be able to aquire ip addresses for sites on the internet they used the ip address the trojan redirected people to and setup a clean DNS server.
This Monday July 9, 2012 those temporary servers are being turned off by the FBI. So any infected computers at that time will not be able to pull up a webpage, access email, or any services online. The way DNS works is we know websites and such by domain names, you type in a domain name your computer contacts a DNS server which acts as a sort of “phone book” and looks up the domain name’s IP address and returns the IP back to your computer so it knows how to contact the server you requested. If your computer was infected with the DNS Changer trojan then after Monday you may be connected online but unable to surf the web, check emails, or do anything online.
There are some websites setup to test your system very easily to see if you have been infected.
Just go to this web address: http://www.dns-ok.us/
if the background block is Green then you are fine and not infected.
if the background block is Red then you are infected, but don’t fret here is some instructions to follow to fix your system and remove the DNS Changer malware.
This site has instructions for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as well as Mac OS: http://www.dcwg.org/detect/
More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNSChanger