Well, as many of you, if not all of you have realized, is that Number49s was down over the last couple of days. So, I feel you should all have an explanation as to why…
In the early hours of Friday 10th March our server started to get some very strange behavior. Our automatic monitoring software logged multiple attacks originating from South Africa, trying to hack the website and server to get at your private data.
This resulted in our server needing to shut the page down, which is why many of you got those nasty 500 error pages on Friday.
We worked for over 11 hours to find and correct the issue, to no avail, so in the end we decided that enough time had been spent already and that we were going to re-code it from scratch.
As you can see, we have kept many of the features that you were used to, with the odd exception, and added a few new ones.
The site is 100% mobile friendly now, we have new logo’s (well why not, it IS a new site after all!!). We have removed the past results as very few people were using them anyway and we will consider adding them back online at a later date.
The good news is we’re back! The bad news is that you guys had to use Facebook instead which isn’t a perfect solution, however it was better than nothing at the time! At least we could still get the selections and results out to you.
We have had to block multiple IP ranges so some of you may not be able to access the site entirely, however we have also implemented a new secondary server which takes the load from the attacks, so you ‘should’ be ok.
We apologise for the upset and potential annoyance this may have caused, but not all things online are as simple as they should be.
Darren – Number49s