Has someone tripped over the cable again? Or DNS / DDOS issue?


Supreme [H]ardness
May 20, 2011
I'm getting the message below:

This page (http://www.hardocp.com/) is currently offline. However, because the site uses Cloudflare's Always Online™ technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site. We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version. Always Online™ is powered by Cloudflare | Hide this Alert

Is there a DNS issue? Or is some scrote doing a DDOS?
Would help to know what DNS you are using and what ip it is pointing at. But to answer your question, we are good on our end.
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We are making some changes right now, just FYI.
Offline for me right now.


ETA: ... and it's back now. Damnit Kyle.
Given the message I was getting from Cloudlfare, I doubt it was a DNS issue.
I've just double-checked and my DNS servers are set as Google, OpenDNS, and BT in that order.
Are you still having issues? We have been doing a bunch of security testing in the early morning hours this week.
We have been doing most testing between 2am and 6am here, so yeah, you might have seen some funky things in the last week. I THINK we are now done.
I've just had the message from Cloudflare's London node again. It went away on a refresh.
Hi Folks.. Loooong time lurker who registered just to comment on this because it's been driving me slightly batty.

I get this message regularly, and it definitely seems to be linked to some form of over zealous anti DDOS type setting. I get my [H]ardOCP fix via RSS to a browser plugin, which I then in turn use to open all the articles since my last visit simultaneously. If I open more than a handful of pages simultaneously I will hit this 520 error on the majority of them. I use RSS feeds like this on dozens of sites, and it's only here I see this behaviour.


Tonight I opened aprox 20 windows from the RSS feed, first 7 open fine, rest give the error.

Error 520 Ray ID: 321ed5d145bf19c8 • 2017-01-16 04:30:59 UTC
Web server is returning an unknown error

It links to a cloudflare support article, which amongst other things says "rate limiting, or filtering requests (e.g. by connecting IP, or volume/frequency) can sometime cause issues with your application" which is exactly what it appears to be, some form of rate limiter or connection limiter.