Topic: Armanelgtron websites are back up!
As you may know, all of the websites I host were down (which includes this website, of course). Thanks to the assistance of light and a bit of research online, I found that there was a permissions issue. The folder this this was in was not readable. Actually, the websites and the armagetron servers (when I hosted them) are kept on another harddrive. While what I should do is somehow configure the drive to be kept at the website folder eg /var/www/, what I have done instead is just symlinked it and have it mount on root. Well, turns out that mount point above directory has to be readable. Apparently, when installed, that happens automatically (this is probably not even a correct guess, but nevermind) but I had to change a few things in my setup because swag (well someone did anyway and I suspect swag due to the events, but s/he managed to mask his(her) IP) managed to brute force into my computer via ssh prior to me leaving for a week (thankfully didn't happen while I was away or some damage would have probably actually been done and a backup would have had to be restored, which isn't exactly convenient nor fast considering how much data I have, but still easy enough).
Regarding the brute force; I actually came into the room to find that the harddrive seemed to be having a heart attack. I didn't actually notice at the time that royce had been trying to franticly get warn me via google chat. At first, I just assumed that an application was flooding my RAM and had to use swap. So, I switched to console mode to probably kill the application only to find that nothing was using very much RAM. This is when I began to suspect something. I seemed to recall that htop could tell you if something was using a bunch of harddrive usage, but that wasn't the case. I even tried stopping ssh (kind of doubting that still but I ought to double check, right?). So, I found myself force-shutting down the computer (via holding down the power button) because all the commands were kinda sluggish anyway and it was faster than running "halt". When I got my computer started back up, I checked the ssh logs, and sure enough, I have a bunch of failed logins on the list as well as a successful login from the same day. I then checked the bash log and found that there were commands run that were not from me. Actually, it looked like the person in question (swag) had been running through random files and deleted something random, I guess as a test or because it was named "bot" even though, funnily enough, none of the files in "Documents" is even important... I guess after not seeing anything important he just decided to start creating files on the "Desktop", which is actually humorous because the "Desktop" isn't even linked to my actual desktop icons in anyway, shape, or form. And, by the end, he was trying to create a bunch of files via a for loop. I guess he was trying to reach the capacity of the drive. (he did not come anywhere close, it would probably take years using that method). The last thing recorded that he did was type ls, although he was probably still spamming the same for loops (it would explain the heavy hdd activity)
Funnily enough, one of the files he spammed contain "stop giving out my ip." Actually, I pretended it was my IP as a joke to "wireshark", as some random troll said, the IP. I had noticed swag seemed to go AFK immediately after that (chat arrow went on) but I honestly didn't even think about that. Most likely, the reason he easily got in was because the username and password were fairly generic - actually the password was the same as my old account which swag had ahem got a hold of a while back.
Although now I see that he apparently had already gotten in while I was still on my computer earlier and tried to delete the filesystem root (/). Being only user privileges, he failed. And, I was blind to him trying that. I'd guess he was probably boasting to royce at that time about how he was going to mess up my computer or something (which, in turn, is what woulda caused royce to be spamming my google chat inbox warning me).
Sorry for drifting off the main topic. What this was originally to be about was that armanelgtron hosted websites are back up (which, actually, if you're reading this, you've probably already established both by this site being up and by the title of this whole thing)