For those of you showing up for Free Fiction Monday, I’m sorry to say there’s nothing new today. My website got hacked on Thursday. It was a particularly virulent attack, which made the site receive warnings from all kinds of places. If you clicked through those warnings, run your anti-virus software to make sure you didn’t get any nasty stuff on your own computer.
I’m still not sure if the hack was deliberate, meaning targeted at me. I’m waiting for the security firm’s report. I’m not sure if they’ll know. I’ve been the subject of several attacks this year, including a denial-of-service attack which came after a similar post to the royalty one I put up on Thursday, so I’m still not ruling out an intentional hack. But this attack did send folks to a Russian site, known for hacking websites with a lot of traffic, so it might have been simply a bot-related criminal attack. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type outside of science fiction.)
We’ve hired an internet security firm to prevent attacks like this in the future. In fact, we’ve hired two. So maybe we’re going to be in the clear from now on.
I’m not posting a free fiction story this morning. If you haven’t read last week’s, you can find it here. I’m leaving it up for an extra week.
I also want to thank all of the people who emailed me to let me know the site was down. That helped me discover the problem quickly. Thanks to everyone with tech skills who offered assistance. Major thanks to Ye Olde Website Guru who gave up his Thursday to try to resolve this. A big thanks to the Passive Guy at http://www.thepassivevoice.com, who used his large platform to get writers to spread the word about my royalties post. Special thanks to all the writers who mirrored my royalties post to get the information out. If this was an intentional hack trying to silence me, it failed. And thanks too to everyone who donated this weekend, and the campaigns to help me and Dean pay for the security service.
As stressful as this attack has been, you guys have all mitigated it 1000%. Your kindness and willingness to help has kept this from being a crisis, and indeed, constantly reminded me about the goodness in people. Thank you all.
I’m sorry about all of the inconvenience. I hope to return you to your regularly scheduled website later in the week.