More on CaNNet – We Got Nuked, and it may have been by liberal hackers

Read this piece and this one. Incidentally, the old site is back up but we lost everything since July of 2007.

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.

13 Responses to “More on CaNNet – We Got Nuked, and it may have been by liberal hackers”

  1. 1 tired January 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I do hope that the police/FBI/DoJ/Mounties/applicable authorities have been notified.

    In addition, the fact that an anglican office has been identified may mean that there are other facts that could support a claim against the entity/corporation.

  2. 2 Grandmother January 10, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Praise be to God, you are alive, and presumably “well’ as can be expected. I, for one, have been so worried about all of you.

    Thank God, it was “only” a hacker.

    Hope to see you all back up and running, you folks pretty much started all “this”, and we’ve missed you enormously.

    Blessings, and you work.

    Gloria in South Carolina

    (Brad, please forward this to the elfish ones)

  3. 3 paddy January 10, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Glad you’re back,sounds like some folks are scared of you all.
    May you continue to scare them.

  4. 4 Alice C. Linsley January 10, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Lawlessness is their trademark.

  5. 5 paddy January 10, 2008 at 4:00 am

    With your indulgence,I was posit the Greek anoia,in reference to their trademark(rage and thoughtless stupidity).

  6. 6 paddy January 10, 2008 at 4:10 am

    My apologies,meant to say,’I would posit’,I agree with your insight on lawlessness as well.

  7. 7 rwkachur January 10, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    By their fruits you will know them…

  8. 8 Tom January 12, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I have long noted that free speech, one of the hallmarks of a democratic society, is far more threated from the left (“liberals”) than from the right. Proof of that surrounds us daily. How sad.

  9. 9 T. V. Playoneon January 22, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Don’t overlook the fact that this was likely a hate crime:

    TITLE 18, PART I, CHAPTER 13 , § 245 (b) Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, by force or threat of force willfully injures, intimidates or interferes with, or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with— (2) any person because of his race, color, religion or national origin and because he is or has been— (E) traveling in or using any facility of interstate commerce, or using any vehicle, terminal, or facility of any common carrier by motor, rail, water, or air; shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both;

  10. 10 Alice C. Linsley January 27, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Brad, is this attempt traceable to the UK?

  11. 11 Mike Daley January 30, 2008 at 10:25 pm


    If you have questions, I’d be more than happy to discuss them with you ‘off-air.’

    Mike (CaNNet Creator and friend to CaNN Creator, Fr. Binky)

  12. 12 Steve March 2, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your website. Hacker’s did not do this. The media has turned “any malicious attack on a computer or network” to the result of a hacker. Hackers do not maliciously circumvent computers or steal personal information.
    A definition of a hacker is: “a programmer for whom computing is its own reward; may enjoy the challenge of breaking into other computers but does no harm; “true hackers subscribe to a code of ethics and look down upon crackers”. -Hackers use every situation as a LEARNING experience to progress their knowledge in computers, not to steal things.
    I believe the person who attacked your network is a Computer Cracker. The definition of a Computer Cracker is: “a programmer who cracks (gains unauthorized access to) computers, typically to do malicious things; “crackers are often mistakenly called hackers” – These are the people that steal your identity, phish your online banking accounts, delete your servers, deface websites, crack your email accounts, hack your databases full of e-mails to spam, or sell them. They also have a profound lack of correct grammar haha.

    I am a hacker, and “lawlessness” is not our trademark. I am very sorry that something like this happened. A good idea is to hire Penetration testers to test the security of your website and/or network. Make sure that they are respectable, professional, and experienced. Hope this helps for the future.


  1. 1 The WebElf Report Trackback on January 20, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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