In the last couple days the FAOL website has been under attack from nefarious third parties.

They do this to gain access to the server to put up phony pages, send email, or spam our members.

The result is they drive the system load up 100 times normal, and things get painfully slow as they attempt to break in.

I don't think I need to tell you what I think of these tactics.

To help combat these threats I have put in some custom controls, and for the long term will be looking at taking the system down for a day sometime in the next couple weeks.
I will at that time reformat the system, with a newer distribution (ours was getting too old anyway), and reload with updated anti "@!(#*$" tools. (fill in the cursing with your favorite.. it fits)

Neil and Dee will be giving me a window to do annual system maintenance soon.
Thank you for your patience.

Side note: I've banned several sources in the last 20 min. And it's automated to block them as they come in now.