Thanks to the efforts of Axod, Kitsune and team this weekend has seen one of the most significant changes to our IRC infrastructure since the upgrade from one to two servers around a year ago. It could be said that the system was about due for an upgrade especially with the record peaks in usage and connections recently, these included a QubeTubers charity weekend which added over 1,000 users to the widget instantly. In the new setup the excellent Unreal IRCd is still used but the changes completed have created a good deal more flexibility to manage connections and network issues as they arise.
This weekend has been a long one for many but also difficult with unfortunate connection problems due, it seems, to DDoS attackers. We’re amongst a growing number of organizations targeted, if for nothing else, for their successes. Although this led to some early problems, the unique nature of Mibbit meant we were able to re-provision connectivity for the Widget and Main Client very quickly. Later, a number of settings and non-Mibbit IRC client connections were disrupted for a period, apologies if your settings got hit, everything that could be done to address this was completed quickly to restore things back to normal.
Those who perpetrate these sort of attacks often employ techniques which are not fully under their control, whether the target is a Bank, a famous consumer brand, or a small network the biggest impact is felt by ordinary people simply trying to get things done. At Mibbit we really appreciate everyones patience, hard work and the effort which has put us where we are today, many thanks for all the encouragement and support given to people working hard on the changes, it’s really helped. It’s fantastic that, despite the issues, ordinary things continued be achieved; people are creating new channels and widgets, even new networks have been hooked up to Mibbit via WebIRC to keep our connections secure for users and partners.