Last night around 7:58pm – 8:01pm the site experienced some difficulties as it was under repeated attack from a hacker in the North Street area who also tried to hack our free internet access point.
The multiple attacks on the site and network was blocked each time. The computer initiating the attack was using the access point in North Street, so we have now secured the router. Due to this we will no longer be providing free internet access.
We are also temporarily disabling any new registrations on the site, and resetting all passwords as a security precaution, but we do not believe the person managed to gain access to the site.
Since enabling OpenDNS on our free access points for the Internet, we assigned each user a static IP. OpenDNS records all traffic going across the network, and we are well aware that the person responsible has been spending the past few days looking at hacking sites and other ‘questionable content’.
Without giving too much information away, certain details about their computer has been logged, and we will be providing this information to the police, along with details of the multiple hack attempts and recorded information, and any further information contained in our web logs.
The person responsible has been using our free internet for a while and is obviously unhappy that we put restrictive measures in place to protect our volunteers, which meant some of the sites they were hoping to access became unavailable.
It is a shame that one selfish person has ruined it for the rest of the people using our network, and to try and hack this site was simply maliciousness on that persons part. If they wanted a site unblocked, all they needed to do was ask, as some of our other users have.
Thanks to the hacker for giving us all the extra work in checking over our logs and giving our site a free security test. Hopefully the police will catch you very soon 😉