CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
Actually, it is a very good service. I was an early beta tester and was quit impressed with the service. Back then, their attitude was “Don’t just track online bad guys, stop them“. But once the beta testing was over and they went live, that attitude took a drastic turn…. for the worse! Now they are tickled pink to provide a “Safe Haven” for the bad guys. And just how bad are these “bad guys”? Try lulzsecurity.com, a known hackers site! And what does CloudFlare have to say about that?
Soon after LulzSec rose in prominence, several other groups launched significant DDoS attacks to knock them offline. CloudFlare mitigated those attacks.
Given the choice, I may not have picked Public Enemy Number One as the poster child for CloudFlare’s service. It does, however, remind me of the old Range Rover commercial talking about the great London bank heist. “The robbers thought of everything,” the commercial concluded. “That’s why, for their getaway vehicle, they chose a Range Rover.”
Matthew Prince has found that providing a safe haven to the bad guys is where the money is at. Because of the publicity of the LulzSec incident, they managed to raise 20 Million dollars in funding. Which came from New Enterprise Associates, Venrock and Pelion Venture Partners.
The other interesting thing is, many of the domains using CF are also running xrumer, senuke and other spamming software from the same domains. Which means, while your website is being spammed to hell and back, CF is is providing a comfy security blanket for them. Now that folks, is one hell of a Business Plan!
Below is a growing list of known spammers/hackers websites that are using CloudFlare.
Note: will be adding more shortly. Still sorting through the thousands of spammers domains.
lulzsecurity.com — Hackers
senukedeal.com — Spammers
xrchat.info — Spammers
encyclopediadramatica.ch — Hackers
yo-musik.info — Spammers