Friday, December 14, 2012

Update regarding problems with "Egyptological"

Kate and Andrea are very sad to announce that Egyptological will be unavailable for the forseeable future.  It has been targeted by a professional hacking group as part of an onslaught on Egypt-related web sites during the current unrest in Egypt.

Although we have been in negotiations with the hackers, which seemed to be going well, they have now announced their intention of resuming hostilities against us.  They apparently see Egyptology sites such as ours as representing a form of political threat.

Until we have been able to assess the level of damage inflicted upon our backup solution, and have been able to devise a new strategy for the future security of Egyptological, our site will remain unavailable.  We do not expect it to be recovered until the end of January.

Please be aware, however, that we are fully committed to restoring Egyptological to its former state, together with the latest unpublished edition of the Magazine, and we are investigating the possibility of publishing a temporary archive at an earlier date.

We recommend that anyone with similar web sites should upgrade their own security arrangements, as you may now be interpreted as representing a political or religious affiliation.

Kind regards from both of us

Andrea Byrnes and Kate Phizackerley


Mark said...

Egyptological is such a wonderful enjoyable publication. Thank you very much for taking the time to produce it and making it available. Very sorry to hear about the problems with hackers. Hope it returns soon.

Marie Antonia Parsons said...

So sorry to hear that. It is a shame such things could happen, honestly. Thank you so much for staying with it. It is so appreciated.

AliceG said...

OMG. I had no clue I've been out of touch for this long. Hubby in the hospital 2 hours away and I finally just stayed there. Then been running all over, mostly to his doctor, since he came home. Days I'm not even on the computer. Which is not real.

I'm so sorry about this mess. Hubby is right - the more you know about some humans the more you like dogs.

You guys hang in there and don't let the buggers win!

Anonymous said...

This is happening because people do not want the facts to be free for everyone to see. The ruth as Indy says, see philosophy. Belief, see religion. The hackers are a bit late for that, as there is so much on the web that they cannot deny the facts and their efforts are futile and childish to say the least. Keep up the good work, as they are in a minority and think they have won, but the fact is they are a fly on the back of a lion.