[CentOS] Netfilter fails to filter traffic from a netblock?

Sun Apr 19 12:58:53 UTC 2020
Jeffrey Walton <noloader at gmail.com>

Hi Everyone,

We rent a CentOS 7 VM from GoDaddy. We received a warning about
excessive cpu usage, and a threat to cancel our service. We tracked it
down to Apache and someone hammering our web server.

The offending host is To err on the side of caution we
attempted to block the entire netblock. According to whois data,

    iptables -A INPUT -s -p TCP -j DROP

After reboot cpu usage is still high and access_log still shows
useless requests from the host: - - [19/Apr/2020:08:53:53 -0400] "GET
    printable=yes HTTP/1.1" 301 311

I seem to be missing something. That's not surprising since I am not a
server administrator.

How do I filter the unwanted traffic from the netblock?

Thanks in advance.