A few snippits:
In November of 2007, still running strong after over four years in service, it hit again, and this time they knew what they were looking for.
A malicious hacker had gained root access (to this day we still don’t know how) to the main CaNNet server and wiped out both the live production server and the off-site backups. With the main server administrator still recovering from a devastating illness and finances running low, there was little strength left to draw upon other than to consider the possibility that we may need to shut down. The bottom had fallen out. Congratulations whoever you are, you won this one.
Working with backups that had been preserved from mid-summer, we began the slow, arduous task of rebuilding what we could. Unfortunately, sometimes even the best and most well-intentioned efforts just aren’t enough and in mid-December, following much prayer and consideration, the decision was made.
It’s been a long time coming and there was a lot of soul-searching in between. New friends were made, regretfully some old friends were lost, but at the end of the day we could still stand with dignity and say ‘we did it with God’s help.’
As for where this puts us now, only time will tell. CaNNet is slowly being revisioned under the guidance of a handful of bishops and Primates. Where this will take us, we’re not really sure, yet. But one thing is certain, we’re not going anywhere. A new day is dawning in Anglicanism and we’re so there.
To that little person who presumed to take us out of commission: I said earlier that you had won. Call it a bit of hyperbole, and oh, do watch your step.
“I was going to say I wished we’d never come. But I don’t, I don’t, I don’t. Even if we are killed. I’d rather be killed fighting for Narnia than grow old and stupid at home, and perhaps go about in a bath-chair and then die in the end just the same.”
“The Dream has ended, this is the morning…”
C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
Then came the crash. It was bound to happen sooner or later and happen it did. A hacker who has since been traced to an Anglican office took us out for several days.
And again in November 2007, except right down to rock bottom, wiping out (forever) months of data, blog-entries, and information. Deliberate. Destructive. Costly.
In retrospect, it looks like the CaNN servers had been under semi-constant attacks for a long period– whether from the same ‘Anglican office’ or not, we don’t know for sure.
Mark this: this was pure cyber-war (a fine & jail-worthy Federal crime within the U.S., prosecutable by the FBI) directed against CaNN, our hosted blogs, ourselves, our audience, freedom of speech & religion, just to mention a few targets.