Denial of Service Attack Takes Down Paypal and AAC Membership

There is a massive denial of service hacker attack going on today that’s taken down some of the largest sites on the internet including PayPal, the company that processes our membership transactions.

So if you tried to join today or change some part of your member account with us, you probably got some frustrating weird stuff happening and were not successful.

This is an internet-wide problem, so I’m afraid there is nothing Phyllis and I can do to fix it. We just have to wait. Frustrating!

Update 17:04 EDT: Paypal is back up and our membership should work fine now. Of course there is no guarantee that problems won’t return.

One other point. This kind of attack only brings sites down, there’s no compromise of personal or financial information.

If you need help with sorting out any problems this has caused you, please contact us. CLICK HERE

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Ernest Oct 22, 2016, 7:58 am

    No hassles John. Wish other websites would be as responsive to such situations as you are 🙂

    • John Oct 22, 2016, 6:13 pm

      Thanks, Ernest.

  • Marc Dacey Oct 22, 2016, 7:22 pm

    True enough…I spent yesterday and today hauling boats, far too “analog” an activity to notice the Internet was somewhat on the fritz!

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