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Site Downtime

Hi guys. Just wanted to let y’all know that we’re back online after spending roughly 24h down due to a hacker attack.

Sometime in the morning of Tursday, January 19th, we got linked to on Aside from the wonderful 30,000 or so new visitors, we got something else: a hacker. Someone found a vulnerability on the site, and pretty much wiped us out for a day. I’m not saying the hacker came from the Digg community, as we get plenty of non-Digg traffic anyway.

We’re back thanks to the good work of the guys at Websavers. And to the wonders of backups.

Always backup.

Anyway, back on Monday.


5 responses to “Site Downtime”

  1. Steve Sun says:

    David, I know exactly how you feel, TechEBlog spent the most part of Friday down because of excessive traffic/CPU usage. Just purchased a new server so hopefully it doesn’t happen again.

  2. NetGeek says:

    Sage advice. I have been involved in Disaster Recovery for almost every firm I have worked for in the past 15 years, and there is nothing that is more important than a secure backup. Oh, and while you are at it, take time to test your backup from time to time.


  3. Steve S, says:

    David, my site was in the same boat, it experienced 12+ hours of downtime yesterday. Just bought a new server so hopefully everything runs smoothly from here on out.

  4. Ryan says:

    The Million Dollar Homepage just had some downtime from hackers a few days ago as well! Hope this isn’t a common occurence.


  5. Fireboy says:

    These Hackers when are they gonna Stop unless there a WorldWide Launch on Hackers its pretty Much IMpossible to Stop them some Yeah but not everyone and Anyways there are Important Issues in the World instead of the Internet but i aint Saying Shame on Ohgizmo just that Hacking Always happens and they aint gonna stop until you have a Super Duper Security on your Site