1510 (Thu, Jul 25) Progress update part 3 So, the new host server at OVH seems to have problems with some of our interfaces. Some interfaces work just fine, others give out garbage and kicks you off the moment you log on. We are all working on testing that and hopefully will get it resolved. In the meantime, the FICS server will be returned to layer42 and reinstalled, hopefully on Saturday.. We don't know how long we have until layer42 wants us to move, but FICS will be back up soon. Posted by Chessty.
1506 (Fri, Jul 19) FICS was compromised. The FICS Chess Server was compromised on July 18, 2013, and it had to be shut down. Until it can be repaired, this temporary copy of FICS will be available for use. Please keep in mind that no activity (games, ratings, messages, etc.) from this temporary server will be transferred back to the real FICS, once it has been brought back online. We don't have an expected date for the return of the real FICS, but most likely it won't be before Friday, July 26, 2013. Note also that the FICS email systems (support, abuse, etc.) will not be working until FICS resumes normal operation. Posted by mattuc.
1507 (Wed, Jul 24) Progress update Thank you all for your patience as we get things sorted out to bring us back online as soon as possible. As you are aware, we were hacked on July 18, 2013. We suffered severe damage. We are working hard on repairing all the damage and making progress. In the midst of doing this, we received word from layer42, where the main server has been stored, that they would be closing down the service that we use. We are using a new service on a trial run for now and will determine if it is an appropriate long term solution. Posted by Chessty.
1509 (Wed, Jul 24) Progress update continued: Currently, the new server is running but restricted to staff only. All ratings changes that were made have been restored, and best ratings reset for the affected accounts. We are hoping to be able to open the server up to our members by the end of the week. The bots and mailing systems might not be up yet, but you will be able to log in and play games again. I will keep you posted as we continue to make progress. -Chessty Posted by Chessty.