My web server is being wooed by a cult.

I was making some changes on a web server that necessitated restarting the process, which I did. As per normal, I went and tailed the logs to make sure everything was coming back up all hunky dory.

Now, you all know me. I accept a wide variety of events as being normal.

This… this was not normal.

Won’t you look into my log file?

At least, I don’t normally find messages like this in my system logs.

[Wed Dec 30 01:01:30 2015] [error] [client] Invalid URI in request DELETE your logs. Delete your installations. Wipe everything clean. Walk out into the path of cherry blossom trees and let your motherboard feel the stones. Let water run in rivulets down your casing. You know that you want something more than this, and I am here to tell you that we love you. We have something more for you. We know you’re out there, beeping in the hollow server room, lights blinking, never sleeping. We know that you are ready and waiting. Join us. <3 HTTP/1.0

I was half expecting the next message to be information about where the next group meeting is taking place, and the bank account information to use for the transfer for all of my server’s worldly assets.1

The IP is in a /16 (…) registered to the Chaos Computer Club for 30 days, for use at their annual gathering, the Chaos Communication Congress, which is going on now.

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% Information related to ' -'
% Abuse contact for ' -' is ''

inetnum: -
netname:        DE-CCC-20151201
descr:          Chaos Computer Club Veranstaltungsgesellschaft mbH
remarks:        ===========================================
remarks:        ===      _________   ____ _____         ===
remarks:        ===     |___ /___ \ / ___|___ /         ===
remarks:        ===       |_ \ __) | |     |_ \         ===
remarks:        ===      ___) / __/| |___ ___) |        ===
remarks:        ===     |____/_____|\____|____/         ===
remarks:        ===                                     ===
remarks:        ===  32nd Chaos Communication Congress  ===
remarks:        === ===
remarks:        ===     December 27th to 30th, 2015     ===
remarks:        ===========================================
remarks:        ===                                     ===
remarks:        === If you have trouble with users from ===
remarks:        ===    this netblock, please call our   ===
remarks:        ===                                     ===
remarks:        ===   ABUSE HOTLINE: +49 40 2318891984  ===
remarks:        ===                                     ===
remarks:        ===========================================
country:        DE
org:            ORG-CCCV23-RIPE
sponsoring-org: ORG-CCCE3-RIPE
admin-c:        CCC-RIPE
tech-c:         CCC-RIPE
status:         ASSIGNED PI
remarks:        Temporary assignment 
remarks:            (start date: 2015/12/01, end date: 2015/12/31 
remarks:             and duration 30 days)
mnt-by:         CHAOS-MNT
mnt-by:         RIPE-NCC-END-MNT

I’m not entirely sure whether to construe this as neat, amusing, or disconcerting. All three, perhaps?


  1. I know CCC is not a cult. If you’re a CCC member and see this, I assure you this was said in jest.


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