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NC027: Mail server emergency maintenance

23 February 2017 16:22:59 +0000

The mail server (NC027) was shut down between 16:08 and 16:11 UTC this (Thursday) afternoon for some emergency maintenance. This would have resulted in a brief interruption in your ability to send and receive email.

If you have any questions about this, please contact us. Thank-you.

NC027: Mail server report

30 January 2017 13:18:24 +0000

We have not yet been able to determine a cause of the problem with the mail server (NC027). It seems that it stopped processing mail at 08:46 UTC, which means it was unavailable for 56 minutes until it was up and running again at 09:42 UTC. The server didn’t become completely unresponsive to monitoring until about 09:25 UTC, which is when the problem came to out attention. A few minutes later, after determining that the server was completely inaccessible and posting to our status page, we issued a full reboot. After a few minutes of disk scanning, the server was back online and processing email.

We apologise again for this brief interruption in service. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to respond.

NC027: Mail server rebooted

30 January 2017 10:01:07 +0000

The mail server (NC027) was rebooted and back online at 09:42 UTC. We are looking into the problem and will post an update here within the next two hours.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

NC027: Problem on mail server

30 January 2017 09:34:18 +0000

We are aware of a problem with the mail server (server NC027). We are looking into it and will post an update here as soon as possible.

NC031: Explanation of 29 September outage

28 October 2016 12:59:14 +0000

Our apologies for not posting this promised update in a timely manner.

The reason server NC031 was taken offline by the data centre was because one of the websites on the server had been compromised, and was being used to attack other machines on the Internet. Coincidentally, we had changed our contact email address with the data centre only a few days previously and deleted the previous address. However, their system required us to change our email address in two different places. We were not aware of this, and so the emails sent to us warning us of the problem did not reach us. Because they didn’t hear from us that we were aware of and addressing the problem, the server was disconnected to prevent further malicious activity.

We have pointed out to the data centre how their unnecessarily redundant system caused the communication problem, and in the meantime have ensured that our contact information is fully up-to-date with them.

The specific website that was compromised was removed from the server, and a clean account was reinstated. In the process we felt it necessary in the last couple of days to suspend outbound email from the server, so automated emails sent from the server were delayed. Having addressed the root cause, outbound email service has been reinstated.

If you have any questions or concerns about this incident, please contact support and we will address the issue. Thank-you for your patience, and our apologies again for the disruption.

NC031: Server back online

29 September 2016 05:22:50 +0000

Server NC031 is back online. We are investigating the reason that it was taken offline, and will report our findings here within 24 hours.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

NC031: Server offline

29 September 2016 05:01:19 +0000

Server NC031 has been disconnected from the Internet by the data centre. This affects most website hosted with us, but not email.

We are working with them to get in back online and will post further updates here as they become available. We apologise for the inconvenience.

NinerNet SSL certificate

20 September 2016 09:05:00 +0000

Our wildcard SSL certificate for *.niner.net has expired in some time zones. It will be updated within the hour and an update posted here.

Our apologies for the delay.

London network restored

27 December 2015 10:17:45 +0000

The data centre informs us that connectivity on their network was restored at 09:24 UTC.

We have been able to confirm this by accessing all of our servers in this data centre:

  • Incoming mail is once again being processed immediately by server NC027, although any incoming mail sent during the disruption may be delayed a little longer until the sending mail servers try again. This is not under our control.
  • Server NC023 is also processing email immediately.

We apologise for this interruption. Denial of service attacks (especially distributed denial of service attacks) are extremely difficult and expensive to fight. We have confidence that the data centre did everything they could as quickly as they could to combat this attack.

London data centre DDoS update

27 December 2015 08:30:17 +0000

We have been updated that the denial of service attack against the London data centre is actually a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, and it is still underway. Efforts are being made at multiple levels on the network to combat this attack, and we are seeing some movement of email through server NC027, although it took an hour and forty-seven minutes for a test message to get through. This indicates, as mentioned earlier, that the server is up and processing email, but that other servers (and our clients, obviously) are having problems connecting to the server.

We apologise for these problems, but this is affecting a wide range and large number of companies hosted at this data centre, not just NinerNet.

Updates will continue to be posted here as we learn more.

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