RLSLOG.net, atdhenet.tv and torrenthound.com All Down After Hosting Raid

PRQ raid brings down rlslog torrenthound and others

Police raided the Swedish hosting company PRQ today bringing down dozens of file sharing and torrent sites including torrenthound.com, atdhenet.tv, RLSLOG.net, tankafetast.nu, linkomanija.net and hahasport.com. The hosting firm was started by two Piratebay co-founders and has been as a reliable “no questions asked” hosting service that has been raided by the police at least twice before in 2006 and 2010.

At this time, we don’t know exactly what they were looking for, only that it was a set of servers belonging to PRQ and as such, we don’t know if the affected websites will be back up. It seems pretty clear at this point the police were there on the grounds that PRQ was hosting sites with IP violations but which sites were targeted is not clear yet.

The Piratebay is also down at this time but the two incidences are unrelated as they moved their hosting from PRQ in 2006 after the first raid. Its down for technical reasons and should be back some time soon.

We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Anonymous takes down Universal Music, DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and more

Anonymous responds to Megaupload takedown
In response to both the takedown of Megaupload today and the SOPA/PIPA bills that are being mulled over in the United states the hacktavist group Anonymous has responded by taking down several websites with a distributed denial of service attack. Both the Universal Music and American Department of Justice websites were taken offline by the attack.

4chan, the ‘homebase’ of anonymous is in frenzy over closure of one of “their sites” and are seeking revenge with LOIS, an open source DDoS ableing software. Some of the anons have posted a Javascript version of the tool to help the effort, it’s available on pastebin. The next plausible targets seems to be the FBI site or the RIAA website as many lasers are already “pointed” at them.

That said, even when the number of LOIC attackers is high, it still would not be enough to take down these types of high profile websites. Anynymous must have access to a bot net and/or is pooling resources with other groups to carry out and sustain such effective attacks.

Anonymous Takedown Catalogue

Updated as of 8:00PM EST January 22 2011
Most Site are now back up and running but, with fewer numbers, the attack continues on a few sites. The Brazilian arm of anonymous seems to still be hard at work. They are continuing the DDoS on a broad spectrum of websites, the hit list of 114 websites all with .br TDLs has been posted on pastebin. We’ve included some of the most notable downed sites on the list below.

lulzy anonymous takedown tweet

Important Ip list | IP Adresses Incase SOPA passes

So SOPA is on the verge of being pushed through. One of it’s main features is that it allows copyright holders to request a black list of certain domains on a service provider’s DNS record. Websites will still be available through their ip adresses so in the event that any site is blocked you can either copy the associated ip into your browser url bar or edit your etc hosts file to point the blocked domain to it’s ip.

If you are an American Citizen please sign this electronic petition on whitehouse.gov to have the bill vetoed.

Social media

reddit.com 72.247.244.88
digg.com 64.191.203.30
imgur.com 173.231.140.219
hotmail.com 65.55.72.135
theonion.com 97.107.137.164
hush.com 65.39.178.43
gamespot.com 216.239.113.172
ign.com 69.10.25.46
cracked.com 98.124.248.77
sidereel.com 144.198.29.112
stackoverflow.com 64.34.119.12

Social networking

facebook.com 69.171.224.11
twitter.com 199.59.149.230
tumblr.com 174.121.194.34

Search engine / Link sites

google.com 74.125.157.99
yahoo.com 98.137.149.56
bing.com 65.55.175.254
torrentz.eu 46.19.137.189
torrentbutler.eu 209.44.99.122
filestube.com 149.13.65.52
watchseries.eu 85.9.47.34
tvlinks.com 208.223.219.206
1channel.ch 208.87.33.151
free-tv-video-online.me 89.187.142.52
tubeplus.me 93.114.46.163

Torrent sites

thepiratebay.org 194.71.107.15
mininova.com 80.94.76.5
btjunkie.com 93.158.65.211
demonoid.com 62.149.24.66
demonoid.me 62.149.24.67
tvtorrents.com 77.53.144.11

Live Streaming Content

stickam.com 67.201.54.151
blogtv.com 84.22.170.149
justin.tv 199.9.249.21
chatroulette.com 184.173.141.231
omegle.com 97.107.132.144
own3d.tv 208.94.146.80

Porn sites

redtube.com 209.222.138.10
spankwire.com 95.211.112.220
youporn.com 173.192.60.242
linkindexxx.com 146.82.201.229
xnxx.com 69.55.53.105
pornhub.com 146.82.204.113

Streaming sites

youtube.com 74.125.65.91
megavideo.com 174.140.154.32
gorillavid.com 178.17.165.74
videoweed.es 91.220.176.248
novamov.com 91.220.176.248
movshare.net 49.19.139.54
divxstage.eu 91.220.176.251
movpod.net 178.17.165.76
vidxden.com 184.164.144.110
videobb.com 173.199.123.19
vidbux 173.192.225.167
ovfile.com 173.249.145.57
videozer.com 173.199.127.184

Shopping

amazon.com 72.21.211.176
newegg.com 216.52.208.187
frys.com 209.31.22.39
ebay.com 66.211.160.88

Filehosts/cyberlockers

megaupload.com 174.140.154.20
mediafire.com 205.196.120.13
dropbox.com 199.47.217.179
fileshare.com 208.87.33.151
multiupload.com 95.211.149.7
uploading.com 195.191.207.40
warez-bb.org 31.7.57.13
hotfile.com 199.7.177.218
gamespy.com 69.10.25.46
warez.ag 178.162.238.136
putlocker.com 89.238.130.247
uploaded.to 95.211.143.200

Manga sites

batoto.net 208.89.221.24
Mangareader.net 62.75.183.27
Mangafox.com 173.192.36.120

Reference

wikipedia.com 208.80.152.201
anonymouse.org 193.200.150.137
wolframalpha.com 140.177.16.29
eyebleach.com 69.164.215.49
hackthissite.org 67.21.66.230
textbooknova.com 78.159.102.104
matrix.itasoftware.com 65.221.113.61

This list was transcribed from the boingboing/reddit google doc. If you have anything you would like to add, post it in the comments.

Down for Everyone or Just Me Ironically Down

The one of the most popular web-site downtime monitoring services downforerveryoneorjustme.com is ironically down tonight. Looks like the website was too successful for it’s own good and has garnered enough traffic to go over the server resource limit that was set by Google App engine.

The Google App engine provides it’s users with an easy to use SDK and scalable hosting for web application developers. If one site is consuming a disproportionally large amount of computational resources, Goggle will temporarily shut down server to that site in order to ensure other sites don’t suffer downtimes or slow service. The site has displayed this error message before but never for quite this long.

downforeveryoneorjustme down

This may have been brought on by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The influx in shopping traffic seems to have brought down some e-commerce stores, which in turn has sent a flood of people to the down checker service. Time for a hosting upgrade!

Fear not, you can still check if a site is down or if you have just been messing with your etc hosts file too much on these services:

 

JustHost Suspended Sites and Account | Explained

So your all of a sudden your justhost sites and account have been shut down? This happened to us back when we used to host with them.

Why you Were Suspended

It seems that in 90% of situations this happens because you have used more CPU than you are allowed to (your site resulted in a processor spike on the server that hosts its and just host has shut you down.)

Our first reaction was thinking that one of our other sites had some content on it that someone had complained about.. this was not the case and probably isn’t the case for you.

This is well within the rights of JustHost – it is in their contract that although you have unlimited storage and bandwidth, cpu is not unlimited. JustHost is cheap and we can’t really expect them to be providing us with tons of CPU power for the low price we pay.. If, as in our case, your CPU usage was the result of just one spike and isn’t likely to happen again (right away at least) its sort of unfortunate for you. You will be forced to upgrade to a new service (of your choosing) and pay more money, even though you probably don’t really require it yet. Oh well, you’ll be ready for the next spike!

What you Can Do now

Step 1 is to get all of your files back! Contact JustHost (either call or email them) and let them know that you need your files back asap. They will open a ticket for you, give you new login information, allow you to login to the billing section to view your ticket – and there they will give you a link to a huge file that contains all the data that was in your hosting account (all sql table dumps, all html and php files, everything you need to move your sites to a new location.)

So JustHost will probably encourage you to go with their dedicated server hosting partner. There is nothing wrong with this option – they seem quite good BUT it is unlikely that you really need this type of computing power at this point. Additionally, you probably arent ready to go form paying about 5 dollars a month to paying around 200.

We would recommend that you transition to a service that is somewhere between the price of a regular hosting account and a dedicated server. Look into virtual servers such as those offered by linode.com – you can grab one of these for about $20 a month. With a virtual server you are entitled to all available CPU power – so don’t worry about getting shut down for a spike. We would also recommend having a look at Amazon EC2. Depending on the type of site you have, this might be a good and inexpensive option for you – if you are running a site that uses php and you always have a least one page load per hour (which probably describes 99% of sites on justhost) amazon EC2 may end up being too expensive as you will pay full price for constant CPU usage (about $800 per year it seems)

Good luck getting your sites back up!

Post any questions you have about the process and we can direct you to one of our guides.