It’s been a rough week for The Albany Journal. As pioneers on the digital frontier, we have to deal with the dangers inherent in this modern age, including viruses that infect a website. However, I’m an ornery sort. Something like this doesn’t make me want to throw in the towel. It makes it that much more important to thrive in spite of what happened.
There are a few things I want to point out about what happened.
First, there is no reason to believe the Journal was targeted for any reason other than opportunity. We were convenient and apparently unsecured enough to make this easy. It wasn’t because I wrote about something that made someone else angry. Had that been the case, there would have been some kind of communication as to why. There wasn’t any.
Second, I want to admit that this is something we couldn’t afford. We have advertisers, which we are thrilled to have. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get their money’s worth. As such, we are giving them a free week of advertising. While we weren’t down for a full week, it was close enough that we felt this is what we needed to do. Rule number one here at the Journal is to do right by our advertisers and readers.
Now, there are bound to be questions of what we are doing to prevent this from happening again. That is a host based solution, not something we can really elaborate on. However, we are working with our host to heighten security in an effort to keep this site as virus free as humanly possible. Unfortunately, these are the pitfalls of the web and we can’t promise it will never happen again. That’s another reason to make sure our advertisers are taken care of now. It establishes a precedent for later.
The Journal got knocked down, but we’re not out. However, we need your help to stay that way. We started asking for donations recently, and we have to continue doing that. Folks, this isn’t greed, this is survival. Without sufficient income, we could be forced to shut the doors of the Journal forever. That would be a shame, as it has been a fixture in Albany since 1939.
I’m asking for you to help save the Journal. Help us stand up to the hackers who think that the internet is their own digital playground and that they have the right to take down a man’s business for their own personal amusement, despite the increased hardship on his wife and two children. Help us stay strong.