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Old 07-29-2008, 05:01 PM   #1
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I've got white screens trying to read threads now, 5:00 PM EDT, aka 21:00 GMT
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:50 PM   #2
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Yeah there was some earlier. There was a massive spam attack trying to take place.
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Yeah there was some earlier. There was a massive spam attack trying to take place.
How was it "trying to take place" yet didn't succeed?
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How does a massive spam attack white screen a forum? Simple. So many people tried to spam that the server got overloaded and crashed.

At least I think that's how it can happen. Not sure about anything else.
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:28 AM   #5
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but if the server crashed wouldn't the entire forum be white?
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:49 AM   #6
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DoS attack more likely. When that happens the server gets maxed out by requests for pages or searches or in some cases new signups. That alone can crash lesser servers. On some the load is shifted off so a crash doesn't happen. Meantime the routers have picked up on the flood (of requests) and start to ignore any more till the level drops off below a certain threshold. Until the load drops off you get white pages and annoying error messages.
It's really bad if you're on shared hosting and it's another site getting pounded. Every one on that shared server gets to suffer in one form or another.
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How does a massive spam attack white screen a forum? Simple. So many people tried to spam that the server got overloaded and crashed.

At least I think that's how it can happen. Not sure about anything else.
What chris ment was how can a spam attack fail
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