The attacks that the blog endured for the last couple of days appear to be finally over. Once that I managed to convince WebHost Tech Support that it was impossible for a WordPress widget to go to Facebook, open a fake account and trigger the attack, I was finally told how to protect the site via a third-party application called CloudFlare. I have no idea how it works, but traffic is back to normal instead of the five-fold number of hits I was getting in concentrated form.
Some may have noticed that a post disappeared, to wit the one about mobs attacking your car. For whatever reason the URL for this post was being used in the attack and while the new service kicked in, I removed it to use the automatic Hammer Of The Gods ban that comes with WordPress Security for too many 404 requests. I’ll put it back up later today.
My only other peeve is why Facebook has decided to ignore this issue and not change a couple of lines of code to avoid the abuse of their resources. Maybe they are too busy trying to bring Guatemalan farmers to run their servers or some shit like that.