I have some website and Forum updates I wanted to share encase you’re wondering what the heck happened. Basically what happened was SonyAlphaLab.com got hacked and I lost the forum 🙁
I tried everything in my power, but was unable to restore the forum from the website back-up do to corrupted database files. I had other redundant back-ups of all the forum and website content, but did not have redundant back-ups of the specific database files for the forum itself. I only had the database files for SonyAlphaLab.com in the redundant back-ups. This was an oversight on my part and I am terrible sorry to those that joined the forum, shared, and lost it all. On the bright side, I was able to save SonyAlphaLab.com itself thankfully.
I hired a watchdog firm (wewatchyourwebsite.com) to watch over the website and close-up any potential vulnerabilities.
|I think the hackers came in thru the install file directory of the forum, but I don’t know for sure. I closed up a few holes that I was unaware of, but the website is being scanned now and I should get a report fairly son with an update hopefully.I don’t know why I was targeted for being hacked, but based off the re-search I did, it seems I was being made aware of weaknesses in my website security. That seems to be the justification for hacking, and I must admit most of the files were not harmed. We still lost the forum and that was devastating to say the least.More discussion on the forum about this if you want more specific details.|
SonyAlphaLab – Forum
I’ve been re-building the Forum (Click Here) over the past week and that is why you have not seen much action over here lately besides a few comments replies. I will get to the rest of your comments, don’t worry! If time is a critical factor, please use the contact form for faster help and let me know that in your question please.
I added some photos to pretty much every photography genre, and encourage you to check them out and consider joining or even sharing again. I don’t blame you for not signing up for the forum again after losing your efforts that you already contributed, but I do have a much better back-up system now. Lots of the older photos are not taken with Sony cameras, but all the newer images will be for sure. I hope to help show you what can be done photography wise, and if you have any questions on how I took or edited any of my photos, I can help more specifically on a per photo bases.
I also plan on adding a marketplace area where members only can share lenses with me and others that are willing to participate in a loner program I’ve been thinking about. Pay for shipping and borrow the lenses available to see if you like them. I’m thinking this will be great with the old school lenses and lens adapter combinations in particular?? Anybody interested in participating in a potential program like this? It would based on the honor system, so clearly this not be for everyone 😉 I’m game though! Register for the Forum Here >>
SonyAlphaLab – Forum | Photography Genes
- Architecture Photography
- Landscape Photography
- Black and White Photography
- HDR Photography
- Macro Photography
- Nature and Wildlife Photography
- Pet Photography
- Portraits and People Photos
- Sports photography
- Street, Urban, and Photojournalism Style Photography
- Wedding Photography
- Vacation and Holiday Photos
- Miscellaneous Photos
That is about it for now, but as I promised over a week ago, the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens Review is coming soon… (a few sample pics on the forum)
Thanks again for your support, patience, and understanding with the loss of the old forum. Hackers got me good and I’m really sorry for all that content you all helped me create got lost. Fresh start equals better usually, and in this case it’s a fact! The forum is more robust, more secure, and will have much more power in the future. For now I will continue to populate the forum with all my photos from over the years with various cameras and techniques. Please consider joining the forum and sharing in the photo fun with me 😉 Remember, I own the nex-6 if you try and register….
If nothing else, enjoy looking at the photos, articles, and links, and everything else that will be going on at the SonyAlphaLab – Forum (Click Here)
I’ll catch up with you later, and have a great rest of the weekend,
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