Edit by DAQ: These fake RIAA Emails are just that. Fake. http://pastebin.ca/770503
This week has been terrible. After we did two code audits and fixed our security issues, our wonderful attackers couldn't get in (yay!), so they turned to brute force. After having been hit by several port scans and a rather fearsome DDoS attack (traffic reaching almost 80 megabits per second (note: that's 10 megabytes per second)) our server pretty much went to hell. After an extended downtime (ending a couple hours ago) during which we tweaked firewall settings, etc., we decided that it was safe enough to bring the site back up.
Pretty much immediately after the site came back up we had someone trying to brute force our (well passworded) ssh accounts (they've now met the hot burny side of the firewall).
What have we learned from all this? That there is a person or a group of people somewhere that wants us to disappear. We originally thought that the attacks were by bored kids, but whoever was behind the DDoS appears to be much more serious than that. We aren't going to publicly speculate on who is behind the attacks - we'll leave that to you guys.
Despite these attacks, we are still up and running, and we hope to stay this way for a very long time. We have plans for this site, and we aren't going to flush them down the drain just because some people don't like what we're doing. The first of our plans involves a very cool freeleech plan, but we're going to wait until we're sure the tracker's relatively stable for that. For the time being, we're keeping freeleech on until further notice.