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The Latest From SmokyHosts May 2, 2008

Posted by ismywebsite in uptime.
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“Sir, we have temporarily moved all the old backups of your account to a remote storage so as to give a stable server to the rest of the customers before again restoring your accounts.

We will then be moving all your accounts to a different server than the one where other customers are hosted.

All this will be completed in the next 2 to 3 days time, and once that is done, you will again be able to see all your accounts.

At this instant, all you will be getting is your (and your members) data of the 8th of April 2008, coz the infected server has now finally be disconnected and there is no more access to the infected data.”

From this, it looks like there will be a permanent loss of 17 days worth of data. (April 8th – April 25th) In addition, SmokyHosts has moved us to a different server which may mean better uptime as we will be sharing with less accounts.

There is a tough decision at this point to either:

  1. Move back onto their service, but keep new accounts on separate resellers. This is the easiest plan, but may not be the safest.
  2. Use their service as one of the ‘nodes’ in our new plan (see the last post). This would involve changing all the domain names.
  3. Over the next month and a half, transfer all data from their service through out the other nodes and terminate our account with them.

You can debate this. (And don’t worry – there’s plenty of time since we’re all waiting for SmokyHosts.)

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1. hellfire - May 2, 2008

hey,
just wondering wether or not i could get my database and files back..

and with people such as my self with all the confusion are we still going to be registered and will we still be on the same stages… etc??

2. J,R,D, Ltd - May 2, 2008

Atleast they are letting you know what is going on but I would think that they would have had this problem fixed sooner.

As for the decision I would probably do #2 or #3, I would lean more towards #3 if you could find better hosting that was competitively priced.

Do you know if the hacker meant to bring you down? or were they just going after SmokyHosts and just happened to pick the server that IsMyWebsite was on?

3. ismywebsite - May 2, 2008

From what I’ve seen of the virus, they made a lot of sites redirect to their website. Evidently, they were after the traffic.

4. Ethan (SuperHawk) - May 2, 2008

I would go for #3. I have very little trust for smoky these days.

5. ForGeeks - May 2, 2008

I would take the time needed and go for option 3, which probably means a more trustfull and better reliable server.

6. zakob - v4u- jake-drumin_jake - May 3, 2008

Option 3. I honestly do not like smokey.

7. skorpyo - May 3, 2008

3 from me to…

8. frixoft - May 4, 2008

I think you should temporarily set everything back up on SmokyHosts for the moment and give everyone a chance to upload stuff from there own backups if they have them. Then move over to the new setup and leave SmokyHosts. That way everything will be back online soon and we won’t have to wait a month to transfer everything. Then once the transfer’s finished going on in the background, we’ll be away from the SmokyHosts who caused all the trouble in the first place by not keeping up security.

9. ismywebsite - May 4, 2008

I’m definitely thinking it will be number 3 now. Will post a full update soon.

10. mikespears - May 6, 2008
11. pvcsnathan - May 6, 2008

I do to, but the price is a bit…errrrr…high.

12. J,R,D, Ltd - May 6, 2008

I have seen other sites hosted at hostgator which seem to go fine but 24.95 is a little expensive considering there are cheaper resellers.


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