Housekeeping: Thanks for Your Patience During Our DDoS Attack


Hi, my name is Dan and I’m a gun blogger. I’ve been clean for a little over 40 hours now. And thankfully, I’m now able to jump right back off the wagon. If you’ve followed TTAG’s myface page, you may know that we’ve been the target of a doozy of a denial-of-service attack. We don’t have all the details yet; we don’t know if it was specifically aimed at this site. Anyway, hats off to our hosting company, Pressable, who’ve been working non-stop along with Rackspace to get us back up and running. You just can’t stop the signal. Not for long, anyway. Thanks for your patience and continued readership. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.


  1. avatar Phil COV says:

    Nice to have y’all back. I was starting to get the shakes.

    1. avatar Jay-El says:

      Me too. There were some rough moments, but I made it. The whole-body itching was the worst.

    2. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      If you got that kind of attention, it’s a sign you’re doing something right. It’s good to have you back.

      Molon Labe!!

    3. avatar IdahoPete says:

      My guess on the source would be the Bloomberg Mommies.

  2. avatar Cameron S. says:

    Hi, my name’s Cameron and I’ve spent the last 40 hours refreshing this page. It’s great to get my fix back. Quitting’s for quitters.

    1. avatar Grindstone says:

      I found the source of the DDoS

      1. avatar DOnald123 says:


        1. avatar DoomGuy says:

          Either him or the DoJ

  3. avatar Ben says:

    oh thank goodness! my mornings have been a wreck as a result of not getting my fix.

  4. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

    This is a relief. My joke was taken.

  5. avatar davidx says:

    Ditto. I thought that might be the case last night when I tried several times to get here.

    And as an on-again, off-again IT drone, they tell us every year that IT security is the ballz and we should all learn it and live it and love it. But the PHB manglers don’t wanna hear it, ever; it’s an overhead expense and always bad nooz. Paying someone to be on top of it twists their panties into sweat- and blood-soaked wads while they grind their teeth.

    Anyway, good to see you’re back up and running.

  6. avatar cmeat says:

    you were gone?
    ah, who am i kiddin’.
    since friday evening i discovered i have a wife and kids!

    1. avatar Kent W. says:

      Same here. lol!!!

    2. avatar jwm says:

      I’ll bet they’re glad ttag is back. 🙂

  7. avatar T-DOG says:

    Like it has been pointed out time and time again. They hate the freedom of speech just as much as civilian ownership of fire arms.

    1. avatar Bob101 says:

      Yep, first order of business for those pushing for tyranny is to silence opposition. Today, they use DDoS; eventually, if history is a predictor of behavior, it is unlikely to be this beneviolent.

  8. avatar Victor Pizarro says:

    Good to see you back up and running!!!

  9. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    Welcome back! Maybe the twitching will stop now…

  10. avatar Bryce says:

    Well, Bloomberg now has 1500 computers he won’t use for a while!

  11. avatar Bryce says:

    They would rather shut us up then debate us. Typical

  12. avatar engineear says:

    This doesn’t surprise me. For whatever reason on several occasions, when I click on this site it can take a bit longer to hook up. Why that happens I don’t know. There have been a few times the little wheel spins and spins and never hooks up. I have download speeds up to 35meg but there are times it’s less than stellar trying to get on this site. Are “they” watching me….or you?

    1. avatar Jake Tallman says:

      Without a doubt. I’m certain regular readers of this site are on some kind of secret government watch list.

    2. avatar Jim R says:

      The site’s overall performance has been sluggish at best for quite a while now. When it went down I pretty much immediately figured out what was going on; a politically-charged website going Tango Unicorn almost always means foul play involved.

  13. avatar 357M28 says:

    You, don’t know what you miss, til its gone! Glad to have you back!

  14. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    So it was DOS, then? Wow.

    Well, welcome back.

  15. avatar JD says:

    Je Suis TTAG

    1. avatar SpecialK says:

      +1, and welcome back. They can’t stop the signal.

    2. avatar S.CROCK says:

      +1. Good news, the shaking has stopped.

  16. avatar duroSig556R says:

    It appears is still being attacked too.

  17. avatar duroSig556R says:

    I pulled a cached copy from google and enjoyed that.

  18. avatar Kevin says:

    I’m glad you are back, I have to say I was productive during the time and set up my Dillon 650.

  19. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    I had figured as much.
    Glad your all back.

  20. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    While you were gone, I took up hookers, booze and smoking.
    Well, I tried to.
    All the good hookers are still over in Hawaii.
    Turns out, margarita mix isn’t alcohol. And I kept lighting the filter on the smokes because I thought I was drunk…

    1. avatar Table says:

      Yup, on Kuhio Ave. I was only 19…

  21. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    I hope the people responsible for the DDOS attack enjoy living in their mom’s basement.

    1. avatar S.CROCK says:

      Or the pentagon. Too much conspiracy?

      1. avatar John in Ohio says:

        Mommy government then. Still Mom’s basement.

    2. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      The Pentagon and Mom’s basement are pretty much the same thing.

  22. avatar Tile floor says:

    I didn’t get on facebook during this time frame but had a sneaking suspicion about what was happening at TTAG. Glad to see its up and running again

  23. avatar Model 31 says:

    Another day without TTAG and I would have made it through the amateur radio study guide and scheduled the exam.

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Yep. is where I’ve been spending some of my time.

      1. avatar Model 31 says:

        Thanks..I’ll give that a look as well.

        1. avatar John in Ohio says:

          You are welcome. It has the entire question pool in practice test format. I’m over 60% through the entire pool and doing very well. Consider testing for General on the same day. I’m thinking about it. Good luck on the test. 🙂

  24. avatar Jake says:

    Regularly scheduled? Why not doubly scheduled?

    One would think there would be a backlog of posts building up. So catch up by posting them every half-hour.

    If I’m wrong, comment “Tyler is a smelly smeller.”

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Tyler is a smelly smeller.

      We never have more than a day’s worth of posts on hand. We keep things fresh.

    2. avatar Puyallup Devil_Doc says:

      Tyler is a smelly smeller. I had a strangely productive day yesterday. Went duck hunting, grocery shopping, vacuumed and shampooed my truck, changed a burned tail light, organized my garage, had dinner with Ms. Devil Doc, organized my gun safe…

  25. avatar Fuque says:

    Glad to see TTAG back.. My fall back fix is Liquor and whores.. I was this close to firing up the still and calling my EX.

  26. avatar publiusS says:

    Figured as much. The 502 errors had been building for three or more days, from what I could see at this end.
    Kudos to your providers. I’m sure they know who to hire to track them down.

    When the flak is heavy, you know you are over the target….read Stonewalled.

  27. avatar SteveInCO says:

    Probably some firearms manufacturer mad about the review you give his piece of crap.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Remington’s Revenge…

      Or Cabot’s…

      1. avatar SpecialK says:

        Remington’s DOS attack would need to be recalled.

        1. avatar SteveInCO says:

          …but we do know Cabot is good at jamming things up.

  28. avatar Chandler Wilson says:

    Why don’t you guys make this site a “DDoS Free Zone”?

    1. avatar Gene says:

      I legitimately laughed hard on this one. Good show!

    2. avatar Summer says:

      I know. It’s such common sense, really. More laws always fix everything! That’s why the world is totally crime free.

  29. avatar publiusS says:

    TTAG and RF were early on the F&F story, broken by Codrea and Vanderboegh. Atkisson gave it legs, when whistleblowers at ATF trusted her.

    Read “Stonewalled” on kindle for $8 . You can thank me later.

  30. avatar publiusS says:

    Poweline blog has been doing reviews. Lawyers and sharp writers for several years.

  31. avatar Custodian says:

    The enemies of freedom, if they cannot take your arms, they will try to silence your voice.

    Let freedom ring and cock back and rack your slide. It’s not over yet.

  32. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    I’ve got my money on north Korea

    1. avatar Texas Anomaly says:

      Or a disgruntled employee.

      Will the FBI be investigating? Will we be seeing the private emails of Robert and Dan making catty comments about A-List gun reviewer and trainers?

      Inquiring minds want to know.

  33. avatar Another Robert says:

    Glad you guys are back. I’m afraid I’m a bit spoiled now, was wandering the Net rather aimlessly waiting for your return…

  34. avatar One If By Land 1776 says:

    I was guessing you’d been hacked…if you figure out the DOS was targeted specifically at TTAG, please update your loyal readership…it would be good for us all to know if the anti’s are going underground on us (and by underground, I mean the anti’s are in cahoots with a 40-year old who still lives at home and hangs out in the basement playing with his PC, Xbox and his virtual girlfriend whilst eating Cheetos and drinking Dr.Pepper all day)

    1. avatar Taylor TX says:

      From your description, I immediately thought of the super nerd dude from the Southpark World of Warcraft episode, good times.

    2. avatar Texas Anomaly says:

      i find that offensive. You just described me perfectly. I’m just not an anti.

      1. avatar Summer says:

        People are such haters about Cheetohs.

  35. avatar davidx says:

    I had a post about an hour ago and it did not complete here; got another ‘server down’ error message like the kind usually found in relation to Google and gmail; I’m using the Aviator browser.

    Anyway, love Sharyl Attkisson and have for over twenty years:

    And Sibel Edmonds:

    1. avatar Sammy says:

      I just finished “Stonewalled”. All I can say is I have no idea of what news really is anymore and no confidence what so ever in the MSM (Meem Stream Media) or the current administration

  36. avatar Sammy says:

    I baked some gun shaped chocolate chip cookies. Then I ate them.

    1. avatar Taylor TX says:

      If they give you an upset stomach, you might be a victim of gun violence!

    2. avatar CarlosT says:

      If you’re going to eat a a gun, I suppose this is the more benign version.

    3. avatar Summer says:

      Glad you ate them before a school district found out you’d done it! It would be the pop tarts all over again.

  37. avatar Tom W. says:

    Glad to have you back TTAG!
    Thought Eric Holder got to you.

  38. avatar Taylor TX says:

    I figured it was some sort of DDoS but I dont have da facespace so I decided to read one of the 40k books Ive been putting off for a while. I bet the hate from the antis kept you warm last night 🙂

  39. avatar the ruester says:

    Just a thought; could this have been anonymous targeting an extremist site that was hosted on the same server?

  40. avatar MamaLiberty says:

    Oh good… I was really getting tired of the error messages.

    You folks see this?

    Some of the Jewish people in France want “gun permits.” Silly me. I didn’t know Jews were the only ones in France targeted! Everyone who wants to live needs a gun, and to hell with the “permits.” If they ALL just got a gun and learned how to use it, I don’t suppose the French “government” could actually do a damned thing about it. But they won’t… we know they won’t. sigh

    1. avatar John in Ohio says:

      I agree but neither will many Americans when these incidents eventually start cropping up here. Sadly, it’s not just the French.

  41. avatar Ralph says:

    Damn those Norks.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Be the last time you make a crack about Kim Bad Haircut…

  42. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Glad to see you’re back. My wife has been making fun of me. I went through all my old gun mags and joined 5 or 6 facebook gun trading groups. My $ is on bloomie…

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      If it is, then even (or better) odds you’ll never ever find out he was behind it, given the number of cutouts he can hire.

  43. avatar Bob says:

    What do you know. My kindle does more than read TTAGs. Not as much fun though, glad the truth can be found again.

  44. avatar iCONOCLAST says:

    Hey, while your at it maybe you should get them to switch out that 9600 baud modem. I hear they got them 14.4 modems now!

  45. avatar GS650G says:

    Nice little website we’ve got here and it’s a shame something bad happened to it.
    Clearly TTAG is getting under their skin and the success of the site is not part of the plan.

  46. avatar Jamie Lannister says:

    On Friday I couldn’t reach the site, I clicked away and thought little about it. On Saturday I couldn’t reach and thought, “Is my ISP blocking?” I ran a traceroute and saw it hop past my ISP all the way to rackspace. That’s when I knew it was a DDoS. I hope I didn’t contribute to the problem. I pinged a few times and tracerouted once.

  47. avatar Bob Wall says:

    Just had to go and give a good review of “The Interview,” now, didn’t ya… :poop:

  48. avatar Joe says:

    Piss off the ATF and the ATF pisses on you!

    I’m guessing they didn’t take so kindly to that crayon drawing.

  49. avatar John D. says:

    Other quality, politically incorrect sites have been subjected to massive DDoS attacks recently. One stopped its attack quickly using a system from Cloudflare which checks the user agent string of browsers requesting the site to make certain there is a human behind the browser. Can be toggled on and off by site administrators. Persons requesting the site get a momentary “Browser Being Checked” notice, then get admitted to the site.

    Worth investigating. Seems to work well.

    1. avatar Yellow Devil says:

      Yep. I know that Weaselzippers got hit a couple of days ago. Someone is going around these days.

  50. avatar Parnell says:

    I think it was aimed at you. None of the other gun sites I read were down. Check the whereabouts of Bloomberg during the attack.

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