August 11th 2021
The volume of traffic from bad bots and (faked) useragents is ever increasing, and having to manually adapt security measures to block them has become a never-ending task. So veteran WHTer SPaReK asks if anyone knows of any place that keeps an updated list of Bad Bots and Useragents that could be incorporated into your webserver to restrict traffic. Like many others, it seems that lately his servers are getting hammered more with bot traffic than actual real human traffic. Do you use any automated systems, do you monitor and block at server level or elsewhere, and what popular software, like CSF or fail2ban, would be your preference? Share your strategies in the thread.
It's generally well known that the Internet doesn't travel in straight lines, but goes along routes between major Internet hubs that are strategically located, and then more local traffic fans out from the hubs or exchanges. So in Europe we see many major Internet exchanges located in main cities (London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Milan, Madrid, etc.) and the same structure is used in North America, with New York, Ashburn, Atlanta and Miami being the major hubs for eastern USA, and Los Angeles and Seattle being the focus points for the west coast. So where does Dallas fit in, asks HypeKoder. Many might say that it no longer matters that much, but some still demand fast connections and low TTLs because of the nature of their sites, for gaming, etc. Share your thoughts in the thread.
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It was MS patch Tuesday yesterday and among other things it will fix, Microsoft warns that this set of updates includes an urgent patch to fix an easy-to-exploit bug in the software component responsible for patching Windows 10 PCs and Windows Server 2019 machines.
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