Recent website downtime – website hacked during peak charity fundraising time!

Posted on: Monday, 27 May 2013
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On Sunday 26 May 2013, was taken offline by our hosting company (without them telling us).

Unfortunately, the site had been hacked and malicious files had been uploaded. The next step our hosting company took was to delete our entire account. There was no other option, apparently. So, that’s why the site is a bit out of sorts right now. We’ve managed to recover from a backup, but the only available backup was several weeks old. But, as you can see, we’re getting there. Slowly but surely. For the next several days, some of the pages you try to visit will be incomplete or missing, or a little out of date. Sorry about that.

Throughout the incident, the data stored for purchases through our e-commerce system were never compromised. They are processed through an external company – we don’t hold any of the data ourselves.

The donations for the current fundraising activity (GYBOT2013) are also completely safe too, as they are dealt with by JustGiving, who are the UK’s leading charity fundraising website. Again, we hold none of the information and there is no chance the hackers got anywhere near it during this recent attack.

“What next?” Onwards! Gigs and charity fundraising!

We will continue to work at bringing the site back up to date. When this job will be finished, we’re not sure yet, but we’re beavering away.

Most importantly, Steve is continuing to do his Get Your Boots On Tour 2013, walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall raising awareness and funds for Ataxia UK. The gigs listing here should be up to date.

After that? We’ll be considering our choice of web host… Any recommendations anyone?

Thanks for sticking with us, through the recent tough times.

Chug a lug!
Steve Bonham HQ

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