DEVTOME.COM HOSTING COSTS HAVE BEGUN TO EXCEED 115$ MONTHLY. THE ADMINISTRATION IS NO LONGER ABLE TO HANDLE THE COST WITHOUT ASSISTANCE DUE TO THE RISING COST. THIS HAS BEEN OCCURRING FOR ALMOST A YEAR, BUT WE HAVE BEEN HANDLING IT FROM OUR OWN POCKETS. HOWEVER, WITH LITERALLY NO DONATIONS FOR THE PAST 2+ YEARS IT HAS DEPLETED THE BUDGET IN SHORT ORDER WITH THE INCREASE IN ACTIVITY ON THE SITE IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS. OUR CPU USAGE HAS BECOME TOO HIGH TO REMAIN ON A REASONABLE COSTING PLAN THAT WE COULD MAINTAIN. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE DEVTOME PROJECT AND KEEP THE SITE UP/ALIVE PLEASE DONATE (EVEN IF ITS A SATOSHI) TO OUR DEVCOIN 1M4PCuMXvpWX6LHPkBEf3LJ2z1boZv4EQa OR OUR BTC WALLET 16eqEcqfw4zHUh2znvMcmRzGVwCn7CJLxR TO ALLOW US TO AFFORD THE HOSTING.

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Bitcointalk is Down!

Hours after the arrest of alleged Silk Road operator 'Dread Pirate Roberts', the bitcointalk.org forum was hacked by a group calling themselves the 'Hole Seekers'. The two events may be a coincidence but evidence tells us otherwise. Theymos, the administrator of the site, stated on the popular internet link-sharing site reddit that the hack is mostly harmless but users should change their passwords just in case. Full details here: http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1nmdq4/bitcointalk_hacked/ Theymos also stated that he is offering a reward of 50 BTC, about $6,500, for anyone who can tell him how the site was compromised. As of this writing, it still remains compromised and down, and the administrator has said that it will not go back up until the investigation of how and why the attack was pulled off is complete. Before the site was taken down, users who tried to access it were shown the following text: “Hello friend, Bitcoin has been seized by the FBI for being illegal. Thanks, bye.”

What to do if the forum is down

If the forum is down, first make sure whether it is your problem or the server's problem. Visit http://isitdownrightnow.com and type in bitcointalk.org. If it's down for only you, check your internet connection. If it's down for everyone, first check reddit. The bitcoin reddit is at /r/bitcoin, and most information is usually posted here first. If there is nothing on reddit, then check twitter. @bitcointalk is an unofficial account but sometimes it has news about forum outages. Finally, check IRC. First log onto the #bitcoin IRC channel, and then move along to other related bitcoin IRC channels. If there is no news at all three of those places, theymos is most likely just upgrading something and the forum will probably be back in no time!

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