Earlier this week I experienced something that I hope none of you ever have to experience. At around 9pm Tuesday, Jan 24, somebody executed an attack against my server, broke into my database system, and wiped out all of my data.
This is the darker side of the Internet. The side populated by low-lifes who have nothing better to do with their time than destroy other people's property.
For the record: There is nothing of any importance stored on my server. It's a hobby server that I run from my basement and that I administer myself. I recognised the vulnerability that the attacker used to break in long before they actually did it, but I hadn't had time to fix the issue. They beat me to the punch, and abused the issue to perform some completely pointless vandalism that I'm sure they found terribly amusing.
I am not amused.
The vulnerability has since been fixed. It was a minor configuration mishap that should not have happened. It did, and I'm glad I had most of my data backed up.
To the person who broke into my system: You are amongst the lowest form of life on the Internet. I work hard to put this site together, to build a reputation in my industry, and to create content that I hope people will enjoy. To wipe that away without a second thought, without any consideration for the amount of time and effort that goes into building an online presence? It's despicable. And what's worse? You hide behind the internet anonymizing service Tor, like a coward.
I try to keep my blog posts positive, to send a message to the world that there is good out there, if you just look hard enough. I'm sorry this had to be contrary to my usual friendly posts.
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