Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Side-Line" Goth Site Hacked

The Side-Line website was knocked down for several days after a cyberattack.

Side-Line, whose magazine covers industrial, ebm, and gothic music, was attacked from Tuesday morning, August 28, and collapsed on 10:30 a.m (CET), due to a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack).

Due to the damage caused at the server facility, the magazine's technical staff took over 48 hours to restore the site and its database. "Luckily enough we have always a backup of all of the Side-Line news and forum data so that relaunching the site did not cause too much damage", said editor-in-chief Bernard Van Isacker.

As of today, Thursday August 30, 11 a.m. (CET) the site is back up with all of the functionalities working as they should. "There is only a minor problem that continues to persist but with a minor impact for the visitors and which we are working on right now to resolve", Van Isacker said.

Side-Line stresses that its activities in no way stopped, as some rumors insinuated. Van Isacker said, "The (online) magazine is in an excellent condition and even such an attack will not get us down on our knees." The magazine thanks War-n Harrison from trip pop band Hungry Lucy for his technical assistance in getting everything solved asap.

The magazine asks that everyone who tried to contact the magazine in the past days resend their email, as it's not sure that all the incoming email was saved.

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