Update: This incident has been proven to be a hoax. For a full update, please visit Update to “Reef Central Down for the Count…Indefinitely?”
Over the past day or so I’ve been trying to log onto Reef Central because it is a great resource site. I couldn’t log on, so I figured there was a lot traffic or something.
Well, come to find out, Reef Central has crashed and may not get back up and running…ever
From RC administrators:
It has been confirmed. ReefCentral has lost all recovery files and the databases have been destroyed. We have no way of recovery any of these necessary items.
Reefcentral will be shut down indefinitely…
Sorry everyone, please do not send any emails inquiring about this issue, if and when we ever come back, believe me/us, you will know. I just thought I would let you all know so you don’t waste anymore time refreshing your browsers hoping for something that is not going to happen…
Sorry again and I wish everyone well…
Update 1: After the above comment was made, this leaked as well…
I am getting constant phone calls, there is really nothing we can do from here. Again, on behalf of everyone at RC, we are deeply sorry about this and we do wish everyone well.
By the end of the day the website will be updated with more information regarding what has happened along with a very long apology from our staff.
Update 2: This update comes from an RC Admin member “mhurely” who says:
First, I would like to apologize to all of our members, sponsors and even our staff. We had a breach in our security systems, allowing easy access [by a hacker]to our very important files and database. Most of these items were either corrupted or completely deleted. We made the mistake of placing our back ups on the same server as which we operated the site on (yes, we know, a HUGE mistake).
As for our sponsors, as per our agreement [very similar to user agreement]in the event that something like this happens, unfortunately this is a issue and loss we must share. All sponsors who have paid up until down time will not be refunded. If you have yet to send your sponsorship dues, please do not, as once it is sent we cannot refund it. If you are setup on a subscription basis, please cancel subscriptions as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to assist you as best as possible.
Once again, I would like to apologize for everything to everyone. Like BeerGuy has already stated, website will be updated with more information regarding the situation that has shut us down.