The Bilerico editorial team wanted to let you know what happened to the Bilerico Project and our affiliated sites over the last two days. All of our sites were taken offline by a massive hacker attack.
The hackers caused massive damage, but Bil Browning and Jerame Davis are working feverishly to fix everything. Piping hot new Bilerico content should be coming your way soon.
Thanks for your patience as we sort through this giant mess. There won't be any new "real" posts today other than this one, but we promise to come back better and sassier.
More details about what happened after the jump...
We've been fighting off these Eastern European hackers for over a year now; they're the same crowd that took down popular feminist political blog Shakespeare's Sister a year and a half ago. They're professionals and they're nasty.
Earlier this week, they managed to take us down for about 9 hours overnight but we were able to regain control. They severely compromised the server though, so we had to get a new server up and running quickly. Yesterday, we got the new server racked up and were planning on making all of the switch overs (we also host quite a few Indiana LGBT organizations' websites), but the hackers managed to crack through our defenses again yesterday afternoon.
This time they firebombed the place; our old server is toast. Unfortunately, none of the data was transferred before they regained control. We have backups and are trying to get the site back up ASAP, but we're still suffering from the lag required to set up a new server from scratch, retrieve as much data as possible from the old server, install all of our attendant software like Movable Type, and then port over the Bilerico database and double check to make sure it all works again since our site was so customized.
If you need to contact, Bil please use bilerico(at)gmail.com.