On Sunday the Bangladeshi script kiddie Tiger-M@te hacked Inmotion Hosting servers and wiped out index pages on several hundred thousand accounts, including mine! I had a backup of my main page index.html and was able to upload it and restore rationalqm.us quickly. But I had no backup of index.php in my forum directory. After contacting Inmotion Hosting, it quickly became clear that they either did not have any backups, which I am paying for (!), or they are coldly refusing to restore due to the sheer volume of such requests they have. Either way, it sucks, and I will certainly operate now on the assumption that they are not backing up their servers, despite what they say.
Being the clever chap that I am, I found a phpBB 3.0.8 index.php file in the download package and simply uploaded it. Fortunately it is plain vanilla and doesn't include any site specific things or any of my antispam mods. It appears to have restored the forum to normal operation.
You may be sure that tonight I will take a full backup and do so periodically.
http://www.demonstech.com/2011/09/70000 ... -shot.html
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