After three years of running pretty uneventfully, this has been a pretty bad month for the website! First, wiredpakistan got banned by the PTA, then a few hours back today it got hacked!
Whoever it was, wiped out the entire database, and then… left. Didn’t even bother to say anything. It takes time to break into a forum… if a normal user or person did it I’m sure they would have left some sort of message or something - the fact that whoever did it just left it blank raises a red flag in my mind.
The current status: The last backup I had was too soon… by the time I found out, the ‘cracked’ version had been backed up - so at the moment I have no backup. My host is casting around for older backup as I type,
and hopefully it exists. It doesn’t exist!
Best case scenario: A few days posts will be lost. Worst case: A year’s worth.. I didn’t keep too many backups.
There is no backup. I’m creating a new forum for the time being. I don’t know how that will work though, with years of posts all dissolved into the ether. It’s almost like they were killed. Heck, it’s exactly like they were killed.
I’ve uploaded the raw access logs for this month. Perhaps someone might be able to track who killed the forums.