The Infidel Task Force web site has been shut down. And you folks who frequent this page should know what happened.
I guess the bottom line is, the ITF site is down and out. Just like credit card thievery,
you never expect to get hacked, but it happens. The site used to get an
average of 250 to 300 hits a day. Pretty damn good for us. Then last
November my bandwidth suddenly leaped to ten times its max.
Bandwidth is the amount of space that you're allowed to have per site.
The more people who visit your site, the more bandwidth used.
allotted 500 GIG of bandwidth, and that is quite a lot. It accumulates
for an entire month, then is wiped clean to start from zero. I would
usually end the 30 day day period around 8 GIG used. That's no where
near the 500 GIG allowed.
Well last November the bandwidth shot sky
high (850 GIG) and the site was down for two weeks. It seems this
hacker has the capability of fooling the system into thinking thousands
of visitors were entering the site, thus overloading the allowed
bandwidth and shutting down the site.The server...WEBS.com ..told me it
was a Denial of Service attack and they would work with me.... and they
did. Everyday WEBS would clear the bandwidth and keep my site up and
running. The hackers got tired and soon quit. I thought that would be
the end of it. It wasn't.
It happened again in February. ITF was
down for three weeks. My badgering e-mails to WEBS did no good. Finally
the site was cleared and back up. Since the site is not open to
comments, the readers had only one way to contact me. Some did, most did
not and my readership dropped way down. It never really came back. WEBS
did nothing to help.
Now for the third time in six months the site
was attacked again. I guess WEBS now thinks I am abusing the system and
told me I was off their servers. No warning. Nothing.
I have no idea
who they are or where they come from. But they do have the ability to
shut sites down. The Infidel Task Force was one of them. Yes I got my
share of hate mails, but you never take them serious. Until you see what
they can do.
As for the future....I'm not sure at this point. I
have all my interviews backed up, I felt those were the most important
aspect of the site. Some graphics, at least the important ones. That's
it. I must admit, I have looked into two other web hosting sites...but
I'm thinking take the summer off and see what happens in the autumn. The
ITF still has the other sites... Twitter and Blogspot....so I may
concentrate on those for awhile. I'm really not certain. Annie is a good
friend down in Florida and she runs our Facebook page. Annie does an
outstanding job but asked if I could assist her this summer. She needs
some breathing room for a bit, so that should keep me busy.
have spoken to Gates of Vienna, although I cannot remember her name at
this time. Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs recommended I get with
Typepad.com. Glenn from The Religion Of Peace.com said I should
investigate GoDaddy.com...I might just do that. All my contributors have
responded with concern, suggestions and hope.
That's it folks!!
Sorry to have to give you the bad news. But until the time that the ITF
rises again from the ashes....and I certainly hope it does....please
visit and sign up with the Infidel Task Force Blogspot web site. That
one is interactive like this.