Aug 11 2008
Update: It appears that Alan has regained control of his DNS. Hopefully more good news to follow.
Yesterday morning the Still Secure After All These Years website was compromised and defaced. The attackers compromised Alan Shimel’s blog, posted personal information to a mailing list and have basically made some very hateful attacks on Alan as a person. This has not been a joke, it’s been a targeted attack on one person and it’s being treated as a serious event.
Alan is in recovery mode and thanks to a number of contacts is in the process of recovering his blog, his DNS and other accounts that were also compromised. However, the DNS of his site was compromised for several hours and as of this writing the SSAATY DNS was still pointing to a site most of us would rather not visit and we do not know if the site hosts any malware. The DNS has been fixed, but as we all know, it can take days to propagate through the Internet.
I’ve talked to Alan, he will be responding, but I can’t say when. He’s talking to the appropriate authorities, which may delay his response significantly.