SF Update: Glitches and Gremlins

We’re back after a malicious code outbreak.
on May 27, 2013 · 3 comments

For those curious about what was behind the recent site outage …

First, just in time for Memorial Day, evidently Speculative Faith has been taken back from the gremlins.

looneytunes_fallinghare_gremlinAs co-editor and webslinger, I’m still not sure what happened.

So far I only know the results: that last week, a certain vital file was edited without our permission. That in turn spun up another file, running hot and furiously, likely for the purpose of spam. That’s why the web host had to take the site offline.

After I fixed the file, the same thing happened again and overnight. Evidently the hacker/spammer was able to utilize a backdoor script and re-corrupt that file.

So back offline went the site, this time with the web host’s rightful insistence that we fix the real problem.

And naturally this happened just before I got on the road and had little internet access. Ha ha!

Ah well. Often we might forget that Speculative Faith is God’s website. Apparently God wanted it offline for most of this weekend.

But evidently He wanted it back up in time for Rebecca LuElla Miller’s Clive Staples Award update.

Benefits? I’m not sure, but I suppose I did enjoy the unavoidable break from Thursday writing.

Back to a normal schedule this week, assuming the site gremlins have finally been banished.

E. Stephen Burnett explores fantastical stories for God’s glory as publisher of Lorehaven.com and its weekly Fantastical Truth podcast. He coauthored The Pop Culture Parent and creates other resources for fans and families, serving with his wife, Lacy, in their central Texas church. Stephen's first novel, a science-fiction adventure, launches in 2025 from Enclave Publishing.
  1. Bainespal says:

    I don’t know what I would do without this site.  It’s almost the only place where I encounter an Evangelicalism that doesn’t seem artificial to me.

  2. Henrietta Frankensee says:

    Joyful that you are back! If giving you a break was the only reason God had we would be grateful. For me it learned how much I enjoy the good reading to be had here and how important this venture continues and grows. God’s blessing on you and Death to Gremlins!

  3. D.M. Dutcher says:

    Glad to see you back. It was a long weekend without you. 

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