Possibly, but I would be more inclined to think that it is a bot attack which all boards get from time to time.
Happened back in November 2019 for me and others.
Yes, but wouldn't those types of "attacks" (also characterized as a bot which is just doing it's job, but without a reasonable rate limit) have shown as an increase in those metrics, not a drop-off like is being shown here.
For an "attack" to reduce
the amount of hits, pages & bandwidth that are being consumed, it seems like it would have to be something attacking at a TCP level, and tries to overwhelm being able to ever successfully make a TCP connection in order to be able to submit a request to the web server at all. Not just "a bot is hitting my phpBB server pages constantly", which still looks like and "counts" as activity.
But with Cloudflare in front, a TCP-level attack seems unlikely.
Harewood wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:57 am
I have checked your server and can assure you that it is running smoothly.
Looks your web-site statistics system works in a not proper way. Please check its configuration.
Why do they refer to it as "your
web-site statistics system." What does "their
web-site statistics system" show, then? (The one provided by your actual hosting provider.) Does it also show "no drop-off in visits and bandwidth" like you're saying Cloudflare also shows?
What they're saying certainly sounds "possible"... Do you have your own statistics system, and is that system suddenly having errors or failures in attempting to retrieve the web server logs in order to calculate the view you're seeing here? Where does that statistics system run, and how does it access your server logs. i.e. The reduced stats simply reflect a reduced number of logs it was able to retrieve?
Since you mentioned Cloudflare, and "the Cloudflare logs dont show any dip in traffic whatsoever", can you check that Cloudflare doesn't show these visits are now being served from cache? It seems like an unlikely explanation, but is one situation that would fit with the symptom of "my web server isn't getting hit as much any more, even though it doesn't seem like anything is wrong."