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Posts Tagged ‘News’

Is this the end of WWW or the World?

By Mohnish On December 19, 2008 10 Comments

Major Disruption to Traffic in Middle East/North Africa

downfallA major loss of connectivity, reducing overall bandwidth to a crawl with very high latency, is currently affecting most of the Middle East and parts of North Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

The disruption started at around 07:30 GMT and has continued ever since. This is affecting all traffic in and out of the region – particularly SMTP.

Typical TTL to the US and Europe is currently around 1800ms on Broadband and 800ms on Tier 1 – compared to 180ms and 90ms respectively under normal conditions.

We have not yet been able to establish the reason – although it is likely to be a cable breakage somewhere between the Middle East and Europe.

If anyone here has any news on the subject, or is also experiencing regionalised outages (we know parts of southern Europe have some connectivity issues) let us know.

Update: It is now confirmed that 3 out of the 4 fibre cables that connect the Middle East, North Africa and Indian sub-continent to Europe and US have been cut.

These cables carry around 90% of the Internet and Voice communications to these areas, and will take considerable time to repair. On the last occassion (early 2008) it took almost 1 month to repair.

In the build up to Christmas this will serverely affect eCommerce and Call Center activity – this will also affect hosting companies with customers in these regions which will not be able to access their servers/hosting accounts.

The affected cable providers are FLAG, SMW3 and SMW4.

I’m not seeing anything major on the Internet Traffic Report website, but there is a noticeable increase in latency being recorded:


The 7 day graph also shows a slight drop in traffic and an increase in latency:


I’m knocked out! I don’t know what am I going to do without internet! This failure has effected my ISP and my browsing speed has been reduced by almost  3 times! 🙁 I got this update yesterday from my ISP about this international failure and this is a 100% confirmed news from a well known source.

Now what can this internet failure do? This can make the economy condition worse! and if I’m not mistaken, it will also effect the stock exchange in the next 72 hours since companies/call centers depend on the internet for their over seas business and trade. The stock exchange might see a down fall by almost 30-50%! It also means that this Xmas might not be as good as it was last year 🙁

If you get any more updates about this do post them below in the comments and I’ll update the post as soon as possible!

So is this the end of WWW or the World?

Digital Point is under attack! – Live Report!

By Mohnish On November 25, 2008 10 Comments

As we all know Digital Point – The best webmaster forum in the entire world which was reported to be worlds biggest online scam market with newbies having cash in their paypal accounts and roaming around. We also brought news about Shawn Hogan stuffin’ home made cookies into members computers. Now, we bring you HOT LIVE NEWS: Its under attack! Whoa! ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK! Possible Reasons: Idiotic Mods BANNING the good guys and leaving the scammers open. This had to happen one day.

We bring you a live report directly from DP :-
Monty: Hi LazyBum.. Could you please update us about the recent spamming on DP Forums?
LazyBum: Hey.. The spamming has been HUGE! Over 50k threads have been created within no time! Its a terrible situation here
Monty: Oh ****! So what are the mods doing ?
LazyBum: The mods are clearing the spam and buffalo is roaring and kicking those spammers out!
Monty: So what are the possible reasons for this attack?
LazyBum: Possible reason is DP Mods banning people for no reason!
Monty: By when can we expect everything to be normal?
LazyBum: As soon as Shawn wakes up and stops stuffin’ his home made cookies. 😛
Monty: Any other Errors caused due to this spam attack?
LazyBum: Yes,  alot of database errors and downtime. Recently there was a database loss and Shawn dint have a recent backup. A few thousand members lost their accounts. DP is having alot of downtime, I doubt if the forum would last long. Ddos attacks have also been witnessed.
Monty: Thanks LazyBum for the live report.. This is Monty from Sensonize.com with reporter LazyBum signing off!

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Shawn Hogan (Owner of DP) Sued For Cookie Stuffing

By Mohnish On August 30, 2008 No Comments

eBay Sues Alleged ‘Cookie Stuffers’ SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Three men defrauded eBay in a “cookie stuffing” scheme that made it appear the men’s companies should be paid commissions, eBay claims in Federal Court. It sued Shawn Hogan and Digital Point Solutions, Todd Dunning and Kessler’s Flying Circus, and Brian Dunning and Thunderwood Holdings. eBay says the men devised software programs that, “unbeknownst to the [computer] user, redirected the user’s computer to the eBay Web site without the user actually clicking on an eBay advertisement link, or even becoming aware that they had left the page they were previously viewing. As a result, the eBay site would be prompted to drop an eBay cookie on the user’s computer even though the user never clicked on an eBay advertisement or even realized that their computer had ever visited the eBay site.” The complaint continues: “once the cookie was stuffed on the user’s computer by one or more of the defendant’s any future revenue actions initiated by that user when the user later visited eBay intentionally, and not as a result of any advertisement places by defendants, appeared to be eligible for commissions payable to one of the defendants”. eBay claims the defendants also used deceptive means to prevent it from discovering the fraud, and to conceal it. eBay demands compensatory, treble and punitive damages. It is represented by David Eberhart with O’Melveny & Myers.

Confirmed Sources:
Thread at DigitalPoint Forums

Getting into the 9rules Network

By Mohnish On August 6, 2008 No Comments

Today the 9rules network will be accepting applications from bloggers all around the world. You have a 24 hours window to send yours.

Yesterday this came into my mind when a friend asked me over IM if I was going to submit my application. My answer was “Meh, not sure.”

As you can see I am not thrilled about the opportunity. Why? Because I am not sure of the tangible benefits that joining the network would deliver. This is my opinion though, and I know that some of their members swear by the importance that the network had for their blogs.

Instead of rambling, therefore, I decided to ask a few questions to a friend of mine who joined 9rules on the last round: Matt from Webmaster Source. I am sure his opinions count more than mine since he has first hand experience with it.

1. Why did you decide to apply for 9rules?
Well, I read a few blogs in 9rules, and more of them keep joining. Lorelle VanFossen’s blog is in 9rules (the only one in the Blogging category besides Webmaster-Source), and Smashing Magazine and Freelance Switch have recently become members as well. I figured it would be a good way to connect with the other blogs a little, and associate my blog with theirs a little. And I figured I may get some quality traffic out of it. All in all, it seemed like a win/win situation. The only downside was a little badge in my nice clean sidebar.

2. How was the application process?
The application process was easy enough. I waited (im)patiently for the 24 hour window, and headed over to their website. I just had to fill out some fairly easy questions on their form, submit, and wait. After a few days they posted a list of the accepted sites, and I was excited to see that mine was on the list. A day or two later, I received an email asking for some further information, and one of the staff walked me through the rest.

3. What kind of traffic does it send your way?
I’m getting over 500 unique visitors a month from 9rules, according to my Google Analytics stats. While it’s not a huge figure, they’re no less welcome. The people coming from 9rules seem to be reading multiple posts, and I’d hazard a guess that several of them have subscribed. It’s good traffic, and a solid source of it.

4. Are there any other benefits?
You get to feel like your in an exclusive club along with some of the A-List blogs. You feel sort of connected with them more, and it gives you some extra ego points. 😀

5. What advice would you give to a bloggers that wants to get accepted?
Mark your calendar. Set up an email alert if you have to. Make sure that you’re ready to fill out that for when the next application window arrives. Otherwise you’ll likely forget, miss the window, and have to wait another 4-6 months.