Merry Christmas, and WHATEVER you celebrate and a Happy New Year too!
We are back up, again.
For anyone that cares the previous installation fell victim to a zero day crack involving overflowing the browser information field in the page request that allowed the cracker to execute any program they wanted on my server. The fact that our site was highly google ranked just put us at the beginning of the line as far as getting cracked.
Whatever the cracker uploaded, I was unable to be 100% certain it was gone so a trip to the computer hardware store to get a new server hard drive was in order, AND a complete re-installation of the OS AND a CMS system and all the supporting software.
Needless to say, it's been a fun week learning how to lock down all aspects of this server.
I've never had so many troubles before, I am beginning to think that the cracker has me in his sights now and thinks that the paltry 768k upload bandwidth our public access glass studio/co-op operates this server on is somehow worth his time. C'est la guerre.
I'll be writing new pages for the website as I can, I'm pretty busy with the design of the new studio and keeping all the cats moving in roughly the same direction.