Hacked! (Or something)

Something very bad happened to the Letters Blogatory server tonight (Aug. 14). You can see the website doesn’t work right. It doesn’t look the way it should, and none of my internal links are working. I am burning the midnight oil trying to set things right. Fortunately I had a backup, so almost no text was lost.

If you left a comment today, it’s irretrievably lost. If you sent me a comment using the contact page today, it’s lost, too. I’m sorry about this. The only silver lining is that the 800 spam comments I received today are also lost, saving me my daily task of deleting them.

I am going to reset all user passwords as a precaution, so if you have a Letters Blogatory username and password (i.e., if you’ve been a guest-poster), please expect an email from me with new login credentials.

Please bear with me as I try to fix this mess. I apologize in advance for any strange happenings on the site that may occur as I work out the kinks.

4 responses to “Hacked! (Or something)”

  1. Anthony McIntyre

    sorry to learn this Ted. Agree with you or not you provide a very valuable service. Hope you get it up and running to your satisfaction.


    1. Thanks, Anthony! Things seem to be coming back to life. Given the amount of time and labor I have put into this site in the last 18 months, the last day has felt pretty harrowing, but on the other hand, no permanent harm seems to have been done.

      I am looking forward to the First Circuit hearing in a few weeks and to finding out what you and Ed Moloney plan to do next—petition for rehearing en banc? Petition for a writ of certiorari? Your case has been very interesting to follow, though perhaps when I make that point, you feel like the patient sitting in bed while the surgeon tells his residents how interesting your tumor is!

  2. Anthony McIntyre


    did you discover the cause of your woe? Getting to that is half the problem.

    The tumor analogy is apt. That is how it feels – one big massive tumor! Still considering all our options including the two mentioned by yourself.

    1. Well, I am still working to determine the cause (actually, a knowledgeable friend is working to determine the cause), but the main thing is that it now seems that just about everything is back in good working order. Close call!

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