Connection Problems?

DDOS attack

Has anybody had any trouble connecting to this site over the last couple of days?

Dreamhost is claiming that their DNS server is under DDOS attack. Obviously, I’m unhappy about any connection problems, since that is what drove me away from sucky 1and1.

One of the commenters on that site suggests switching to EveryDNS.

If you’ve had timeout or connection problems here in the last two days, please leave a comment. Also, does anybody have an opinion on using a third-party DNS like EveryDNS? (Parrotlover, you fly in that world. Do you have an opinion?)

12 Responses to “Connection Problems?”

  1. phred Says:

    no problems coming from nz
    i use bind9 under debian never had a problem
    but none of the web servers i used to manage ever had ddos attack.. lots of script kiddie dictionary ones…

  2. Parrotlover77 Says:

    No problems for me.

    You are more likely to get DDOS’ed against free / public DNS servers (bigger target) than some random ISP. Also their performance is usually… crappy. If DreamHost is being honest (no reason to think they aren’t) then this will likely be an isolated incident.

    Who is your domain registrar? Most of them have DNS services too included in the registration package you are already paying for. You might have better luck there. I use my registrar’s DNS services (Arbor Domains which resells and not my host’s DNS. Just because I’ve always done it that way. I’ve always had great luck with it.

  3. Ron Britton Says:

    I was having connection problems this morning, which is why I asked.

    Who is your domain registrar? Most of them have DNS services too included in the registration package you are already paying for.

    I use GoDaddy. Somehow I got the impression that they don’t want you using their DNSes unless you host with them. I’ll double check on that.

  4. Parrotlover77 Says:

    That may be the case. GoDaddy is definitely “cut-rate” and may charge for that. However, as a registrar they are required to supply your DNS resolution info (primary, secondary, and so on, authoritative DNS servers) and adding full DNS ontop of that is pretty trivial, from a technical standpoint.

  5. A. Theist Says:

    I read something about Time Warner Cable being under a DDOS attack this morning, but I don’t remember where I saw it. I think your host’s claim might be legit.

  6. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I’m sure it is. DDOS is not uncommon. It’s also incredibly difficult to protect against because of its distributed nature.

  7. no2religion Says:

    Working as a network tech in K-12 education, which is notoriously underfunded and understaffed, we are always looking for ways to cut corners. As a result many school districts use 3rd party DNS services among other things. All that I have communicated with are happy to have outsourced their DNS. One of the districts in my area moved to EasyDNS last year and has been very happy them.

  8. no2religion Says:

    Another option I thought of; you could mirror your site but that can be a bit more complicated and expensive.

  9. Ron Britton Says:

    No 2:

    Thanks for the input. Right now, I’m just going to see how things develop. I’ve been on this new host for less than two weeks, so I’m going to give them a chance. It’s just that within a few days of moving here, I couldn’t access the site. That gave me an uneasy feeling, especially considering how hard it was to move the blog. I didn’t relish having to move it again.

    If the problems come back, I will probably give one of those alternative DNSes a try.

  10. Parrotlover77 Says:

    That’s good information, no2. The default DNS for my VPS used opendns and i was not very happy with it. Every invalid request immedaitely went to an ad-page (yuck) and DNS resolution was very slow. So I just set up my own DNS server since the VPS had that option. lol. Much faster.

    But I digress…

    Unless this happens over and over, Ron, I really think an isolated DDOS attack is nothing to be worried about. DDOS can happen to literally anybody at any time on any service with any OS and any router and any anything. 🙂 It’s quite an annoying attack.

  11. Pete Says:

    I am in Orange County California and have been experiencing these random timeouts almost every night and it is very frustrating. I am using a Netgear CG814WG V2 that was supplied with my Time Warner service and this is hard wired to my ps3 gaming unit. The problem usually starts around 1am and will happen almost every 15 mins to half hour until about 5am. (they may go longer, by that time I am tire, frustrated and cursing TW) I have spent hours upon hours with the wonderful (sarcastic) time warner service people and have had no improvements despite a new modem, 3 service technician visits, signal, line and modem tests run and come up flawless, and them running some kind of network tracker which showed no results even though in the 72 hr tracking period I logged over 14 timeouts in a 12 hr period. If anyone can help or knows what is going on I have searched all over the internet for answers and have come up empty handed. Time Warner has not mentioned anything to me about there system getting hacked or any other exixting problems in the area. My neighbor also has the same service and experiences time outs in the early am hours as well. I have called TW over 15 times, spent hours on my own researching a solution, dealt with 3 techs so far and still have a crappy connection that I cannot game on. My neighbor is using a Lynksis router so its not the router. I tried disabling the netgear firewall due to some success stories but still no solution. I don’t know enough about port forwarding to try this as I have heard this also has worked for some…any suggestions? anyone else having this problem?? please help..I have no other service providers in my area…business opportunity Fios???

  12. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Wait, I thought I was on Bay of Fundie, but I must have mistakenly clicked on a tech support blog.