Forumosa seems to get slower everyday, and I’m beginning to wonder if the problem isn’t a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack. The most likely source of such an attack would be mainland China. It’s no secret that most of the the postings in the “Taiwan Politics” section are pro-independence, and I’m sure that this has not gone unnoticed by China’s army of ultra-nationalistic geeks.
I know this isn’t the political part of the forum, and I’m not posting this message so that we can have a discussion about pan-green/blue politics, or “China sucks” rants, etc. My purpose here is to see if any of you have enough expertise in intrusion detection and recovery to find out if we (actually, Gus) can detect this and stop it? I would guess an IDS (intrusion detection system) like Snort might be useful, but I’m not experienced with it. Is anybody here up to speed on this? If we detect an attack, is there any way to divert it? I’m not actually that hopeful, as I know large companies have trouble fending off DDOS attacks.