In case you were wondering what happened with Cymon’s Games down-time here’s the story.
Loyal reader epicoder tweets me one morning to tell me my site’s been hacked. He’s getting a virus warning when he hits my form page. So I check my site and… suddenly I’m being told that my hard drive is failing and I need to register my hard drive scanner to fix it. Only it’s not my hard drive scanner that’s telling me this. It’s malware. And it’s a nasty one. Somehow logging on to my site downloaded a piece of software to my computer and MSE didn’t catch it before it delivered it’s payload. So I get on the other computer to fix my site. Fortunately Avast did catch the malware before it could infect my system (Avast 1, Microsoft 0) and I managed to clean the eval insertion from the front page of cymonsgames and the forums.
Meanwhile, cleaning this malware off my computer turned out to be… tricky. Neigh impossible in fact. In the end I had to reformat and re-install my system. This thing means business. So when it came back again and again… well for the safety of my 3 readers I decided just to shut the site down for a while. Apparently not upgrading my wordpress installation was a bad idea. So I upgraded wordpress, changed some passwords, and left things offline for a while so that hopefully any undetected scripts will fail enough that they’d stop trying. That appears to have done the trick and now we’re back.
The downtime has truly given me pause for thought. There have been things that I’ve been wanting to do with this site for a long time. For one I want it to be user driven, meaning anyone can submit their own programs and I don’t have to be the only one updating. I’d like to open it up to Python and java as well as flags for programs that run on a raspberry pi. But that’s not something I’m skilled at writing. Sure, I could figure it out, but I’d rather hire someone who can get it right the first time. But that will take money. So I’m thinking of a kickstarter. The hard part is coming up with rewards. I may have to use my 3D printer to manufacture decoder rings and the like, tho I don’t want to get bogged down mailing out physicals. What do you think? If I were to start a kickstarter to raise the funds to make Cymon’s Games what it can be what should I offer as tiered rewards?