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A web server log with dozens of identical requests coming in at the exact same time. The log entries are for a file called “/robots.txt” and from a User-Agent called “AppleNewsBot”. A glowing Apple logo can be seen through the log file.

Attack of the AppleNewsBot

A bug in the Apple News crawler caused it to get stuck in a loop sending 100+ requests/second to websites with HTTPS certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.

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UFW vs FirewallD

A look into the different strengths and weaknesses of Canonical’s Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) vs Red Hat’s FirewallD.

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Diving into DigitalOcean

I’ve migrated all my websites to DigitalOcean and saved 85% on hosting compared to my previous VPS provider.