Steamup.com Offline - myLargescale.com > Community > Forums

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-21-2020, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
Lord of the Steam
 
scottemcdonald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 615
Default Steamup.com Offline

I am sorry to report that our website at www.steamup.com is currently offline due to a malicious attack by hackers on Sunday - 19 January. The attackers initiated a "denial of service" by filling up our server with large files intended to make our system unusable. We have initiated a cleanup and are checking for further damage. We hope to have the site back online in time for the release of the digital version of Issue #166 March/April 2020 planned for 1 February.

Scott
__________________
---------------------------------
Scott E. McDonald
YouTube: LIVSTM
Follow on Twitter @SmallScaleSteam
scottemcdonald is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-21-2020, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 33
Default

Sorry to hear, Scott. Thanks for the info, and hoping for a speedy recovery.
__________________
Mike Gates
Manager/Switch & Custom Track Builder
Llagas Creek Railways
Feel free to drop me a message about our products, switches, and custom track work.
MGates is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-21-2020, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 45
Default

Well that just plain sucks.
ScottB is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-23-2020, 08:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
JoelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 228
Default

A wee bit of unsolicited advice for your systems administrator -- assuming you have one. No need to reply in this forum, this is all just food for thought. Not finding root cause here can lead to a repeat performance later on.

-- check with anyone who has systems admin access (or equivalent) to your site and your servers: has anyone been phished?
-- where are these servers (I assume more than one) physically located? Are they in someone's garage, or do you work through a service provider? If the former, that's not really ideal, to put it mildly. If the latter, I hope that someone with authority (or, at least, someone who sounds like they have authority) from steamup.com needs to get on the phone with that provider and tell them you're taking your business elsewhere unless they get to the bottom of this.
-- change access passwords; use an online password checker to ensure that no-one's choosing a password that's easy to hack

Hopefully, if you're already working with a professional or have taken the steps (plus a few others) note here. Let's hope this is a one-off.
__________________
Joel
SA #115
JoelB is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-23-2020, 08:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
Super Modulator
 
Greg Elmassian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 20,419
Default

It's back!


By the way, DOS attacks on web sites are often an issue with the website software, and most ISP's don't guarantee your safety unless you have them professionally manage your site, and most in the hobby cannot afford the costs for a professional site and maintenance.
__________________
Be sure to visit my site, lots of technical tips & modifications, and a functional search.



Click here for Greg's web site

Note: Please. no private messaging, use regular email: [email protected]
Greg Elmassian is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the myLargescale.com > Community > Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:35 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.