I wanted to give folks a quick heads up on what's happened to the Bilerico Project and our affiliated sites. All of our sites are currently dark – they've been taken offline by a massive hacker attack.
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 and they don't like liberals.
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.
I have no idea when the site will be back up and running. We're hopeful that we can have it all finished by Friday night, but there's no guarantee. The hackers caused massive damage, but co-owner and tech guru Jerame Davis is working feverishly to fix everything.
Until then, if you need to reach me please use firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your patience as we sort through this giant mess. I'll keep folks updated.
UPDATE 2pm: We've got the site back online and have posted a “What happened” post for the top of the page. It will be our only post today as we sort through everything and fix all the damage. It looks like comments are working as well, but e-mail is still down. Things are still very shaky right now though so there's a good chance we'll end up down again for bits and spurts as things progress. Thanks for all the support and encouragement. Follow me on Twitter to keep up to date on the latest info.