Wartburg Watch Website Down…Hackers May be to Blame

27 May

For the last couple of days,  The Wartburg Watch has been offline.   Dee left this post at SGM Refuge yesterday:

Jim
I am sorry to use your blog like this but The Wartburg Watch has a serious problem and we are trying to get the word out. We will be down for the entire weekend. Things have just “disappeared.” There is concern that we have been hacked but that is not confirmed. Whatever happened, it is bad. Please pray for us.

Deb left this message over at SGM Survivors:

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

For those of you who peruse The Wartburg Watch, just wanted to let you know that our website went down yesterday for some unknown reason. Our tech guy says the problem is extremely serious.

For those of you who have been enjoying our EChurch services, we apologize. We will post it when the blog is up and running again.

Rest assured that we are more determined than ever to get the truth out. We will not be hindered.

Blessings to all!

No fun, I hope to see TWW back up and running soon!

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12 Responses to “Wartburg Watch Website Down…Hackers May be to Blame”

  1. Dee Parsons May 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    This post is the nicest thing that could happen in the midst of our blog crashing. I am not sure I can express my gratefulness that you even care about us. We do not take it for granted. Thank you for showing us such kindness. You are awesome!

    • christianagnostic May 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Awwwww shucks……you are too much!

      I really do hope things can be straightened out soon. Keep us posted

  2. Wanda (Deb) Martin May 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Thank you so much for your kindness. We are working to restore TWW and hope to be up and running soon.

    The Steam Tunnel Pilot is currently serving as the “Official Triage / Refugee Site for The Wartburg Watch”. By divine providence we met blogger Sergius Martin-George several hours after our website went down last Friday. We presented him with a bag of Cheetos (a highly symbolic gesture between bloggers), and he has given us a temporary home on the worldwide web.

    http://steamtunnelpilot.blogspot.com/2012/05/theyre-down.html

    BTW, today is PENTECOST, which I also believe is symbolic. The Holy Spirit will NOT be squelched!

    Blessings to all who are concerned about this temporary ‘glitch’.

  3. christianagnostic May 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Deb-

    Glad to hear you still have a space on the web, via Steam Tunnel Pilot!

    • Debra Baker May 28, 2012 at 2:31 am #

      Should I put it on my (little read) blog?

      • Wanda (Deb) Martin May 28, 2012 at 2:59 am #

        Debra,

        Sounds great to me!

        We are grateful to Christian Agnostic and anyone else who wants to post about our blogging challenges.

  4. Freedom May 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    CA – awesome for posting this info!

    Dee & Deb – hope you are up and running soon. I wonder if you got hit by Anonymous, they have been hitting Christian sites lately. The took down the entire Christian Metal Realm forum a few month ago.

  5. christianagnostic May 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I wonder why Anonymous would target a site exposing corruption and hypocrisy?

    • Freedom May 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      Good question, when I saw the site was down, my first thought was that it was anonymous – I know the guy that runs Christian Metal Realm and the exact same thing happened, so that was my initial thought. Heck, maybe the calvinista crowd hired some hackers to take it down……

      It does look like a hacker took it down – I could speculate all day on who it was….

  6. christianagnostic June 5, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Seems like the Wartburg Watch is close to revamping and hitting the reset button. Just saw this over at Steam Tunnel Pilot

    No hacking that I/we can tell. The Turkish thing was something that appears to be debris left over from a hack attempt back in March of 2010. There is someone or ones who call themselves the Turkish hacker who periodically hacks 10,000s of WordPress blogs and has them display a Turkish flag or similar. But it appear this was not the issue.

    As best we can tell just now it was just a crash of an MySql table. Plus a lot of miscommunication between myself and the hosting provider the first few days.

    So for now I’m calling it a bug in MySQL or similar that we triggered. Our hosting provider is looking into it but I don’t expect them to find much. As we say in the software business, “stuff happens”. Especially when you don’t want it to.

    As to backups. Yes we need to do them more often. The issue is we have nearly 1GB of data at this point. And doing backups on low cost hosting plans of 50K MySQL records with 1GB or so of data is very time consuming. Something will be done.

    But again. No hacking detected so far.

    So it looks like it was not a hack attack after all.

  7. christianagnostic June 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    TWW is up and running, comments included.

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