As many of you are probably aware, hacking has become a huge problem on the internet. And the really scary thing is that many sites that do get hacked are then used by the hacker as an unwitting conduit to load damaging software onto the computers of those who visit the hacked site.
About a month ago, as part of our efforts to insure that you, our valued readers, are not damaged in this way, we hired a security company to monitor the Attainable Adventure Cruising web site and harden it against hacking.
An Unexpected Side Effect
However, a bug in one part of that hardening program has resulted in at least one reader being blocked from commenting and then receiving a message saying that their IP address was black listed—not fun.
A Difficult Situation
This puts us in a very difficult position since we need to make sure that the site is as secure as possible, but on the other hand we can’t have you, our readers, blocked from posting the comments that add so much to the site.
The first thing we need to do is find out how widespread the problem is. To that end, if you have been blocked from commenting, could you please contact us with the details, including your IP address, which you can find here.
And finally, a big thank you to Andrew from New Zealand, who first told us about this problem and who has patiently worked with us as we try to get it fixed.