abuse.ch Running On New Hardware

What most people don’t know is that abuse.ch for the most part is a “one-man-show”. I run abuse.ch and associated projects by myself in my spare time. In addition to abuse.ch, I have a full-time job that is very demanding. I run abuse.ch for non-profit: I do not sell any data or information. Hence I have to rely on donations and “good-will” from third parties in order to keep my projects up and running.

On December 15 2014, I had to suspend services for abuse.ch and ZeuS Tracker due to some major server issues. The backend server that was hosting those services crashed unexpectedly several times. Due to this, a database got corrupted – this in turn caused irreparable damages to a few database tables.

The backend server that crashed was running on very old hardware. I was not able to locate the cause of these crashes, so I figured that getting the services up and running again on the old hardware would be a really bad idea. To prevent further irreparable damages on the databases, I decided to temporarily suspend the services and look for a new home for abuse.ch and ZeuS Tracker.

In the past days I have been busy with searching for a new home for abuse.ch and ZeuS Tracker. I have to say that I was overwhelmed with the vast amount of people that offered me help. I had never imagined that so many people enjoy and rely on the services offered on abuse.ch. Hence it wasn’t too difficult to find a sponsor for new servers. On December 19 2014, I was able to restore services for both, abuse.ch and ZeuS Tracker, on new hardware sponsored by PhishLabs and ThreatSTOP. I would like to thank both of them for their great support.

I also want to take the opportunity and thank all the organisations and security researchers that I work with regularly and that support my efforts to make the internet a safer place. Some of them decided to remain anonymous and hence do not wish to get named in public. For all others I’ve set up the page “Friends of abuse.ch”. You can find the list of supporters of abuse.ch here.

The vast amount of positive feedback I have received in the past days motivates me even more to continue my fight against cybercrime and providing data and information about cyberthreats to the internet community for the good.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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