You may have noticed that the Malleus Maleficarum is back online. We’ve tentatively put our files back on the server, gambling that the issues that faced us in the last few months with the root access server hacks have finally been corrected by our host provider. The server has been hack free for several weeks now, following some over-due security hardening by our host provider, so we thought we would get our toes and wet and see how things went.
I want to personally apologize for the Malleus Maleficarum being offline for so long. We had expected to simply move to a new server, but with money being short and the economy being what it is, that just wasn’t in the cards. That’s the one thing we learned rather quickly. While thousands of people are quick to avail themselves of free resources, no one is willing to help support the effort. And why should they, really? Our PDF files have been widely distributed across the Internet, and many webmasters have no moral problem with illegally mirroring our web site and claiming the work as their own. My point is that while perhaps this web site has more functionality that most of the other available (legal or otherwise) resources, the material is out there if you know where to look. In the interim, when money was short and there was no material support from users to speak of, we simply did what we could when we could.
I assure you that we haven’t forgotten that our host provider maintained laughable security protocols and dismissed our complaints as the whining of clueless administrators who didn’t have the sense to change their own passwords. We don’t have much confidence in their assurances that security protocols have (finally) been addressed and the server has been hardened. Therefore, we are still setting up a new server and moving ahead with our plans to find a more permanent home for the Malleus Maleficarum online project.
Now if we can just figure out all this Linux stuff.
- Wicasta Lovelace