Its all that extra font / formatting that you put in your posts.Original Post Deleted
Does look like the problem has been mitigated (not resolved) by placing a firewall rule related to some HK based activity.
Found a suspicious amount of activity coming from HK ranges which ended up putting an extremely heavy load on our front end server.
Please start a new thread if you see any unusually slow behavior.
(And no conspiracy theories on my end. I'm happy that it was not self destructive code written by me!)