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Hackers + Nurseries = Stress PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter Johnston   
Friday, 05 December 2008 17:47

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch's famous The Scream sums up the week pretty well. If you have tried to access the website over the last few days you will have noticed something was not right. The site was hacked by some egit in the small hours of Wednesday morning (3:06 a.m. to be exact!) causing no end of grief and heartache trying to get it resolved. This was not helped by finding out that the webhost's daily backup was done just minutes after the hacker had done his devious work meaning that restoring from the backup was not an option. For a good portion of yesterday I thought I had lost all the updates to the website since it first went live three months ago. (There's more...)

Now that all is well I can look back with some fascination at my reaction to the thought of losing all the posts in this blog. While a blog is like a diary, and you use it to express the thoughts and feelings of the day, having those reflections ripped away was a shock akin, I suspect, to seeing someone burn your diaries. I spoke to a friend, Stewart Cutler, who has been keeping a blog for a lot longer than I have about this and he agreed that he would be in despair if he lost all the posts in his blog.

The other source of stress this week has been having to find a new nursery for Emma after finding out that Little Lambs at Crossbasket House was going to close today. We only found out last Friday that closure was imminent, and on Monday that it would be this week. It has been an incredible hassle to find somewhere else (along with all the other parents trying to find places for their children) that suits out needs, however that hassle is nothing when thinking about the excellent staff at Little Lambs who are now redundant just before Christmas. My heart goes out to them all, and I pray they find new employment soon. All four of our children spent time over the last seven years at Little Lambs and the staff and support there was always excellent. A sad day.

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Peter Johnston said:

Peter Johnston
Very sensible!
It is definitely good to be back online. A number of folks were laughing on Sunday at my choice of the term "egit" to describe the perpetrator of our hacking problem - assuming that was not the first word that sprang to my mind... Your precautions are very wise, Stewart! And Iain, I will try to give you a call!
December 10, 2008
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Stewart Cutler said:

Glad you're back up and running again Peter. I went off to find a backup plugin for my blog when you told me what happened to yours! I'd have been gutted!
December 09, 2008 | url
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Iain Cunningham said:

Wondered why I couldn't access the blog! I'm very glad that you recovered it all. Having also tried unsuccessfully to contact you by phone I was wondering if you had fled the country! :-)
December 05, 2008 | url
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