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Old 01-21-2020, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am sorry to report that our website at 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.

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Old 01-21-2020, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear, Scott. Thanks for the info, and hoping for a speedy recovery.
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Old 01-21-2020, 01:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well that just plain sucks.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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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 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.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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.

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