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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

MaltaMedia hit by DoS attack

Over the past 3 days I've been itching to share my comments on the MEP Election in Malta with the regular readers of my blog. Unfortunately I was unable to do this because the MaltaMedia Online Network web server system was hit by a Denial of Service attack late Saturday evening, as the ballot boxes headed off to Ta' Qali.

I have plenty to say about the elections, but that will have to wait another day or so. Meanwhile, I would like to officially offer my apologies to the regular followers of the MaltaMedia Online Network for the skeletal output we provided over the past couple of days. Fortunately for our news team, little else of note was going on in the Maltese Islands these past couple of days...and that part we managed to cover. Most significant at this time were the efforts of our friend and partner Dr. Ing. Saviour Zammit, who worked with me and others for many long hours to restore as much as possible of the data and services we have on our server system within a reasonable period of time. Without him we would probably have had to migrate to a new server system, which is a different kind of ordeal altogether.

We will be installing a new backup system very soon to avoid a repeat performance of the technical nightmare we went through these past couple of days. Our new backup system will be much more robust than the one we've had for the past 5 years.

Thank you for your compassion and all your support. We really appreciate it!

I'll be back with comments about the election very soon.

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