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RandomWire hacked! (?)

This week has not been particularly good for Randomwire – on Tuesday Apache mysteriously died at around 5 pm and no amount of fiddling around could get it to work properly again, even after multiple reinstalls. On closer inspection, I noticed some suspicious activity in the FTP access logs and it appears someone may have exploited the ProFTP daemon and had a little *fun* with my system – that will teach me for not checking the security advisories more often! Luckily little damage was done and I was able to get the server back up to a running state in just under two hours – thank goodness for backups! Currently, all non-critical services are blocked remotely and will be so until I’ve had time to check everything is properly secured.

On a more pleasant note, the implementation phase of SEG is just about over. After some hassle with RGB > CMYK conversion, I’ve printed off the poster for the trade fair next week which should be fun. Take a look at the finished poster above. I’m about ready to collapse with tiredness now so I think some sleep is in order!


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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