What do you do when hackers target your site and your software sides with them?
Some of you trying to access the site on Wednesday and Thursday may have gotten a couple of different error messages instead of my always brilliant prose. That’s because the blog was “under attack from hackers and the like, just a random thing that happens these days,” says the site’s web guru, Kermit Woodall.
No, I didn’t ask Kermit who launched the attacks, assuming that the Winestream Media, cork business, and other assorted types that I may have criticized once or twice would be more subtle – like continuing to ignore me. Besides, since the blog has few assets other than my brilliant prose, there’s no reason to hold it for ransom.
But that was only part of the problem. The software we use to fend off hackers stopped them, but it also registered their attacks as visits to the blog. That got the attention of the company that hosts the site, whose server was going ga-ga from too many visits. So it shut down winecurmudgeon.com early Wednesday morning.
We got that fixed by Wednesday afternoon, thanks to Kermit and the support people at Siteground, my hosting service. Siteground is top notch, easily the best I’ve used over the past 10 years. When it advertises 24/7 support, it actually means it. They can even talk down a panicked Curmudgeon at 5:45 in the morning.
Which was all well and good, except that the fix needed to be fixed on Thursday. Fortunately, that was simple enough, and one chat with Siteground support got the site up again by the time most of you finished your coffee.
So we’re OK. I hope. Because I really don’t want to have to learn about Bitcoin.