The popular cryptocurrency forum Bitcointalk.org is currently inaccessible for the second time in two months. No pages of the forum are currently obtainable, and tweets from the forum’s official Twitter account suggest an ongoing problem relating to handling of user-generated information. “Some disks seem to have failed. Expect extended downtime. I will post updates here,” a post from their Twitter earlier today reads. This was followed by a statement that user posts made in the preceding nine hours “may be lost,” and that Bitcointalk Team was “still trying to recover them.” and advice users “If you still have posts from that time, save them.” Most likely their disks have failed after they were in huge load in the past months due to DDOS and other attacks that weakened their equipment .
Some disks seem to have failed. Expect extended downtime. I will post updates here. — BitcoinTalk (@bitcointalk) January 22, 2015
Posts made in the last 9 hours might be lost, though we are still trying to recover them. If you still have posts from that time, save them. — BitcoinTalk (@bitcointalk) January 22, 2015
Bitcointalk’s previous outage in 14th November occurred due to a suspect DDoS attack, during which time the only update made available was the following statement:
This is another DoS attack. — BitcoinTalk (@bitcointalk) November 14, 2014
In an /r/bitcoin thread on Reddit regarding the error displayed, one user by the name Chakra_Scientist claimed, “They got hacked.” The validity of this claim is currently unknown. Error messages returned by browsers relate to database elements missing, prompting both suspicions of data deletion as well as criticisms regarding Bitcointalk’s apparent lack of backup resources. The outage comes against a backdrop of conspicuous security breaches of major Bitcoin operators, most notably the Bitstamp exchange, which staged a recovery with updated multisignature technology following the theft of around 19,000 bitcoins earlier this month. This is a developing story and 247 CryptoNews will update readers as information becomes available.
More updates from Bitcointalk Twitter Account . Website is down but they are on their way to recover its state to be online and working again . Stay close for more updates here on 247CryptoNews !
Data since Jan 21 21:44 UTC will not be automatically recovered, though if anything important was lost, I might be able to find it manually.
— BitcoinTalk (@bitcointalk) January 22, 2015