Updates regarding CYGO Cloud services

CYGO Cloud is no longer available for open sign-ups.

All accounts created after Sunday, January 24, 2021 will not have storage allocated until you have made a donation to CYGO Network. For accounts created prior to this date, storage quotas will remain the same. If a user desires a storage allocation expansion, they must make a donation.

Contributions between $3-$8 will grant users 1GB of storage (permanently).

Contributions between $10-$15 will grant users 2GB of storage (permanently).

If you need more than 2GB of storage, or less than 1GB of storage, please send an email to contact@cygo.network.

If you have made a contribution and need your account storage allocations updated, send an email to contact@cygo.network.

Update 01/22/2021: Downtime & Maintenance

Today, our entire network was down for just over 11 hours.

This is due to a domain transfer; we transferred our domain to a new registrar in order to make sure our ownership of the domain is more secure, as we were uncertain if our previous registrar might cave to political and financial pressure to take down our sites.

After service was restored, there were a few more patches of downtime.

The further downtime was caused by maintenance which included expanding our storage capacity.

It would be unfair to go without mentioning Thomas, who performed the data transfers and supplied the new hardware. His extensive knowledge of the Linux command line and file systems ensured that downtime was minimal.

We do not anticipate that there will be any further extended downtime. If more maintenance is necessary, users will be notified. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we carried out this work.

Bleu updates: readable URLs and mobile navigation improvement.

Today’s update includes a long-awaited feature, human-readable URLs. This will make navigation and sharing of links much more convenient, spaces can have their own custom URLs, and user profile URLs contain your username.

For spaces, use ‘/s/space-name’ and for users use ‘/u/username’.

The next portion of the update includes options under account settings to create new spaces, view and search the spaces and members directory.

This solves the problem with the lack of sidebar in the mobile app, making it fully-functional from your phone without the need to ever access from another device.

Bleu for Android is now available!

As some of you may know, we’ve been looking forward to this for years now. We finally have a functional, native mobile app!

You can download it on our home page, or from this page which gives some basic installation instructions.

It’s also worth noting that we have versions available for desktop operating system, including Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and GNU/Linux.

We hope that this makes Bleu more available and convenient for you to use.

Dear Spamhaus,

Screw you.

What makes you think you are an authority in determining which networks and websites are indeed spam? According to your CBL (Composite Blocklist) website, the IP address of our email server has been listed over 90 times within a month. But why? We don’t even have a mailing list here, just a few personal email addresses along with web applications that send emails when a user requests them. Well, according to you (Spamhaus), my server is infected with malware that is sending out malicious spam emails. I find that interesting considering there is only ONE account on the server, and that SSH connections are NOT ALLOWED from outside of the server’s own network. Additionally, the server and all emails are secured using clamav, there’s virtually no way for my server to be infected with malware, and if it were I would have logs to back that up. All of that considered, unless someone has entered my home, sat down at my desk, somehow managed to guess my username and password, and then executed some sort of malicious software, script, or cron job, then I’m 100% sure that our network here at CYGO is being fraudulently listed on this spam blocklist.

To Google, Microsoft, and other large email providers,

Screw you, too.

You have been blocking our emails (not sending them to the spam folder rather than inboxes, but BLACKLISTING ENTIRELY) for over a year at this point. I’ve proven this personally using my own GMail and Outlook accounts, as well as having observed this phenomenon with other users who don’t use our connectMail system. Other email providers, such as Protonmail, have received our emails with no issue whatsoever.

To our users,

This has been a great inconvenience to many of you, especially users of CYGO emails. Clearly, Spamhaus and other organizations aim to harm us as an organization and limit the reach of our contact, either due to financial gains from special interests or due to corrupt leadership (or well, both).

I would advise other website administrators and people who operate email servers to STOP USING SPAMHAUS. Clearly Spamhaus is an authoritarian organization which aims to use its reach and the appeal of spam prevention in order to stifle means of communication.

I implore you, if you have sent me an email and I have NOT replied, please contact me using Telegram (@humbletyrant) because if you are using a mainstream email provider (other than like, Protonmail and probably Tutanota) my emails have probably been blacklisted from reaching you.

Update September 17, 2020

It has of course been some time since I have written here on the blog so I thought I should probably update everyone on what I’ve been working on in the past two months.

Bleu bug fixes

Recently new updates have been rolled out to Bleu in order to fix large bugs which inhibited it from working properly. Among the most significant, users had no option to create spaces, even though this is a basic functionality of the app. Now, there are multiple ways in which a user can create a new space. Available are public spaces, which can be joined by anyone or through request approval; along with private spaces, which are hidden from the directory and only available to those whom you personally invite.

Additionally, I have added some spaces myself which I felt may spark interest in the community. I, of course, don’t intend to remain the owner of these spaces, and am willing to transfer ownership to individuals fit to coordinate those communities.

CYGO Cloud & CYGO Talk for Android

I have been working on testing CYGO Cloud on mobile through the Nextcloud and Nextcloud Talk clients for mobile. Soon, links to these and information about how to manage and access CYGO Cloud from mobile will be available.

In the meantime, please note that we still need an individual to make a new desktop client for CYGO Cloud, preferably that runs on all major desktop operating systems.

We’ve updated our Terms of Service

As of today, September 17, 2020 our Terms of Service has been updated to officially prohibit any users from within the People’s Republic of China from accessing CYGO Network. Of course, we will be implementing software to make this more effective.

I’m not a Chinese citizen, how does this affect me?

You’ll notice that the network is faster, more reliable, and that there are considerably less spammers utilizing our offerings. It will also prevent the spread of any Chinese Commnist Party propaganda through our social network, Bleu.

I’m a Chinese citizen, what now?

Tianenmen square massacre 1989. Please remove your commie self.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for more updates and announcements within the coming weeks! If you’ve any questions, please email me at logan@cygo.network, post on the official CYGO Network Bleu space, or message me (@humbletyrant) on Telegram.

Update June 12, 2020

Our storage problem is solved!

We’ve been working out the logistics of fixing our issue with storage and the XFS file system partitions which were being used on our server. Yesterday, when I shut down the server in order to re-size a few disk partitions, I was met by some roadblocks and was rather unsure how to proceed. As it was an urgent matter, and I wanted to get things back online and avoid any such future downtime, I asked Thomas, our Linux desktop systems developer for some assistance regarding the issue. As he is very knowledgeable regarding this subject, namely from his work on Drauger OS (if you don’t know what that is, you should check it out, it’s a really innovative project), we were able to get everything back up and running within approximately 80 minutes.

This means we can largely return to operating as usual

We will begin allowing the registration of new connectMail and CYGO Cloud accounts as we have the capacity for more users. Existing users will receive precedence over new users when it comes to needing storage quota extensions, and their quotas will be reset to what they were previously before we encountered our storage issue. As always, if you have any questions regarding this, you can always contact me via email at logan@cygo.network, through our Discord presence, through my personal Discord (HumbleTyrant#7317), or through our Telegram group.

DDoS attacks have subsided (we hope)

As you know from our previous post, we’ve recently been faced with DDoS attacks, mainly from people within the United States. As we have faced these, measures have been put in place to help prevent them from affecting the network. We’ve added new layers of protection against DDoS, brute force, and general server-flooding attacks, as well as strengthened existing protections, on multiple layers. We are still continuing to monitor the situation closely in hopes that we can catch attacks whilst they are in progress and prevent any inconveniences which they could cause.

More posts in the CYGO contributor blog series coming soon!

I will be taking it upon myself to write a few more posts in the coming weeks. A few of our other team members; including Kasper, Ben, and Thomas will likely be making a few appearances during this blog series as well with their own publications. I am also planning on asking some of our other contributors if they wish to take part, as well as inviting guest bloggers from our partner organizations and community.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT DDOS ATTACKS

An overview

Recently, beginning on June 6, our main web server has been facing Denial of Service attacks lasting on average less than 10 minutes. We believe attackers are using network stress-testing tools which are used in the industry to test for vulnerabilities in order to attack and undermine our network.

Why are we being attacked?

All of the attacks which we have caught real-time have been based in the United States. We think we are either being attacked by disgruntled former team members of one of our partner organizations, or we are being targeted by politically left-leaning individuals who do not support our mission, the U.S. government, or the values established in the United States Constitution.

What are we doing to mitigate the issue?

Currently, we are now monitoring the server and our equipment very closely in order to identify any attacks as they start. We will then be immediately blacklisting any IP or network which is suspected of attacking or attempting to attack our network. Attacks identified and reported by our Denial of Service protection software will be reported to the attackers’ ISPs at the earliest convenience, and any attacks which shut down or degrade the network will be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation through their Internet Crime Complaint Center located at ic3.gov.

How does this all affect me?

I use CYGO’s free online services

Until we are able to fully contain and prevent these attacks in total, short downtime, up to approximately 6 minutes at times could be experienced. We are currently seeking the appropriate actions to take to fully prevent this.

I read the CYGO blog

You likely won’t be affected, and if you are, just check back in a few minutes.

I use Drauger OS

We provide the Drauger OS website, email, and support system. You may receive short downtime, up to approximately 6 minutes at times, as well as slightly delayed response via support and email. We are currently seeking the appropriate actions to take to fully prevent this.

That’s all for now. More updates will be posted as needed.

Update June 1, 2020

We have a new project in planning

I personally am planning to begin development on a project which will prove to be very useful to both new and existing users of CYGO. More details about what this project is will be coming soon when work begins. This will be another significant advancement for us over both Google and Microsoft if it is successful.

We’re having issues with storage

Currently we have identified issues with LVM partitioning on our main server. Some downtime in the coming week(s) should be expected as we attempt to solve this issue. Once this issue is solved, CYGO Cloud accounts will go back to normal, and new users will be accepted. We are also hoping to upgrade our storage capacity but that will depend on your help. We will attempt to provide updates on this issue as it is resolved, specific downtime information will be available in our Discord and Telegram communities, as well as by inquiry through Discord (HumbleTyrant#7317) or Telegram (@humbletyrant). During the downtime inquiry via email will not be possible.

A new blog series is set to start soon

Myself and a few other of our contributors have agreed to begin blogging about topics relating to online privacy, information security, online censorship, and the open source community. We are doing this in an effort to bring our community engaging and interesting content which they will hopefully find beneficial.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Update May 21, 2020

Why has it been so long since the last blog post?

Within the past two months, CYGO has made many advancements which I am going to outline further in this post, which will give users a significantly-enhanced experience. As such, myself and the team have been very busy, working around the clock to keep our services available to everyone at top-notch quality.

Bleu is now considerably more stable

A plethora of frontend and backend issues with Bleu which have been persistent both before and some after the server move have been patched. This means that Bleu is more pleasing to they eye and considerably more likely to function as intended. Since it’s also now hosted on our own equipment, the previous long page load times are no longer an ailment and have been cut by more than half. Frontend updates and patches will continue to be applied as needed, any bug reports would be appreciated via email at contact@cygo.network or via Discord to HumbleTyrant#7317.

CYGOfile is now known as CYGO Cloud

We’ve decided that a name change was appropriate, as CYGO Cloud is more than just a place to store your files on the go! CYGO Cloud is currently being expanded into a full suite of web productivity apps. Not only is it a place to store your files, but it can also be used to listen to music, conveniently take notes using markdown, create mind maps, check your email, as well as chat with friends and colleagues using instant messaging or video conferencing! We are continuing to roll out updates to the platform and further expansion is currently in planning and consideration.

We’ve updated our terms of service agreement

As further preventative measures to prevent misuse of our platforms, as well as to help combat theft of our logo from happening once more, our terms of service are now a bit more strict and comprehensive. If you haven’t already read the updated terms, I recommend that you take a look.

We are still in need of volunteers!

We’re unable to post weekly community updates as we have no one willing to aid in writing them. Additionally, our community has grown in the past few weeks, and with the promotion of Bleu, we will be in need of a larger team! If you are interested, please take a look at this page. If you would be interested in one of the listed positions, or think you could contribute in some other way, please contact us via email at contact@cygo.network or contact me directly via Discord (HumbleTyrant#7317).