Cafepress under attack

December 22, 2006 at 10:06 am (Websites)

If you’ve been trying to access’s cafepress stores (and having troubles), this email I received today explains why:


Hello Shopkeepers,

As you may have read on the CafePress Community Forum, we’re experiencing a targeted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which is causing significant service interruptions. As of right now some customers have access that appears normal, some have intermittent access, and some have no access at all. We will continue to update the CafePress Community Forum ( as we have more to share, and we urge you to check there for the most recent information.

A DDoS attack prevents access to a web site by its users. You can compare this to 500 people trying to enter a retail store through the same door at the exact same moment. This congestion prevents consistent and easy flow of traffic to the site. There has not been a breach of information.

A DDoS attack is a computer crime and violates Internet proper use policy as dictated by the Internet Architecture Board, and we are now working with the proper authorities. For this reason we are not able to share any additional details at this time.

More information about DDoS attacks can be found easily online with a quick Google or Wikipedia search.

We do consider this an attack on CafePress, but we’re most disturbed at how this victimizes our community of Shopkeepers. If you have specific questions please contact and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your continued understanding,

Jill Ambrose
Chief Marketing Officer


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A peanut-free online store!

December 19, 2006 at 3:46 pm (nut-free, Websites)

Another great link from Karen.

Oh, and Hollandia cookies, too!!!


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Disturbing new story

December 19, 2006 at 3:43 pm (Allergy News!, Australia, Contributors to the Podcast, education, kids, school, social issues, Websites)

courtesy Karen Blue:

Children already coping with life-threatening allergies face a new threat in the school playground – being bullied with foods that are potentially deadly.

Click here for the rest of the story.

I heard a story on This American Life about an American family that broke up over playground teasing and bullying, paired with harassment from a teacher.  Dad ended up moving out. The stress was too much.  They were Islamic and this was post-9/11.

Sometimes it is difficult to process how much pain and suffering human beings are capable of causing one another.  Why does one difference, or weakness, or human frailty elicit such base responses in others?

I do not get it.

I mean, I wasn’t brought up in the best home–even I don’t GET this.

It is not okay to play “kill the beast” on the playground.

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My AllergyKids Quiz Page

December 16, 2006 at 7:30 pm (education, kids, school, Websites)

Have you all taken the quiz yet?  I highly encourage you to send it to everyone you know!  It’s so quick, and teaches you about the flash-news state of allergies in the US.

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Milk allergy alert- Pop Tarts

December 16, 2006 at 7:28 pm (Allergy News!, medical, milk, recalls, USA)


December 14, 2006

Kellogg Company is recalling Kellogg’s® Pop-Tarts® Frosted Blueberry
toaster pastries due to undeclared milk.

The product was distributed to grocery retailers in Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,  North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and
West Virginia.

The product is packaged in a 14.7-oz., 8-count carton with a bar code of
38000 31010.  Only cartons with a Better If Used Before code of AUG 27 07
CPC printed on the top of the carton are included in this alert.

Consumers who have purchased the product should call Kellogg Consumer
Affairs at (800) 237-1132 for a refund or replacement coupon.

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Food allergy alert

December 16, 2006 at 7:27 pm (Allergy News!, almond, peanut, recalls, USA)


December 15, 2006

“Schär brand Snack – gluten free chocolate wafers with hazelnuts” are being
recalled in Canada due to undeclared almonds and peanuts. It is likely some
of these products have entered the United States.

The “Schär brand Snack – gluten free chocolate wafers with hazelnuts”, a
product of Italy, is sold in a 105 g package bearing UPC 8 008698 005286 on
the back panel. On some packages, the UPC on the back panel may be covered
up with a sticker. These packages have a white sticker on the front panel
which bears a different UPC 8 00869 80528 6. Both UPC codes are affected.
The package contains three individually wrapped 35 g Snack bars. All Best
before dates and lot codes are affected by this alert.

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Cute source of allergy alert stuff

December 16, 2006 at 7:25 pm (Products, Websites)

Thanks to  Gina for the link!

People always ask why I post links to sites that compete with my store–I am not in it for the money!!!  I buy shirts from my store as well as from other places.  I like variety, I like goodwill, and I like good karma!  🙂

samback.jpg  Let’s just protect our kids, together, and worry about splitting up the $ later, what do you say?  🙂

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Sour Patch Kids are nut-free

December 16, 2006 at 7:20 pm (Contributors to the Podcast, kids, nut-free)

Thanks, Karen!

Read more here

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Another recall

December 13, 2006 at 4:11 pm (Allergy News!, recalls)

December 13, 2006

Unilever is recalling “Ragu® Pasta Sauce, Old World Style, Marinara”, UPC #
3620000400, Best If Used By SEP20 2008, due to undeclared milk. The formula
also contains ground beef.

The affected product is packaged in 1-lb. 10-oz. (26-oz.) (737 g) glass
bottles marked with UPC # 3620000400 located to the right side of the front
label and Best If Used By date of SEP20 2008 located on the bottle cap.

The affected “Ragu® Pasta Sauce, Old World Style Marinara” was distributed
in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri,
New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Virginia, and West Virginia.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to discard it
immediately and contact the company at (866) 839-8138 for a full refund.

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food allergy alert

December 13, 2006 at 11:43 am (Allergy News!, recalls)

December 13, 2006

Schär brand Wafers and Biscotti products described below are being recalled
in Canada due to undeclared almonds, peanuts, or hazelnuts. It is likely
some of these products have entered the United States.

All Best Before dates and lot codes of the following Schär brand products,
imported from Italy, are affected by this alert.

Gluten-free Hazelnut Wafers; 100-gram; UPC 8 008698 005422 – undeclared
almonds & peanuts

Gluten-free Cocoa Wafers; 100-gram; UPC 8 008698 005408 – undeclared
almonds, peanuts, & hazelnuts

Gluten-free Biscuits with Chocolate (Biscotti con cioccolato); 150-gram;
UPC 8 008698 005347 on back panel, 8 00869 80534 7 on front panel sticker –
undeclared almonds, peanuts, & hazelnuts

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