I’ve Become a Cyber Pan Handler
**Update on this on another blog post -- fees have been paid in full, should anyone chose to donate at this point, I'll use it to pay future fees**
Every now and then I encounter websites that have donate buttons, especially if they provide a service. I've always wondered about this but figured "Hey, if people want to give money why not". I've decided today to become one of these "Cyber Pan Handlers"
For quite a while I've been hosting DamnVulnerableLinux without any problems. About 6 months ago, my transfer limit was exceeded due to DVL and I had to pay a bit extra. I decided that I would stop hosting DVL and it went to being only available via torrent. A couple of months later my hosting provider, 1and1, sent out an email stating that all hosting accounts had been upgraded to unlimited transfer, so I re-enabled my hosting of DVL. This month DVL appeared on Slashdot and what followed was a bill for a couple of thousand dollars. 1and1 is claiming that my account is a grandfathered account that no longer exists, and is therefore not eligible for the unlimited transfer. Yet they had still sent me the email and when I had checked at that time my account stated unlimited. I'm guessing that they made a mistake in their system when they initially implemented it and then silently fixed it. Either way, they are unwilling to honor the email they sent me and the DVL direct download has been removed. Should I come out of this, I will upgrade my account (which will increase my current monthly costs) and resume hosting DVL for download.
In the mean time, I'm going to ask for donations to help cover this large bill. During this push, there were over 30K downloads of DVL. I'm hoping that some of those downloaders (or anyone else) will realize the value they gained from the direct download and donate a few bucks to help cover costs. I just don't have the cash to cover it right now, and not only will the DVL direct download go away, a number of other things will as well:
- ComputerDefense.org blog, hosted web pages, mailing lists, and email addresses
- SSLFail.com blog, hosted web pages and email addresses
- Hosted DNS
- Shell Accounts
- SecurityBloggers.net domain name and associated email forwards / url redirects
- Hosted Domains
If you are someone affected by any of these services, maybe you want to donate too
As I said, once I manage to get this worked out, the DVL direct download will resume. Those who donate, I'm also willing to consider any requests you have for a shell account, dns hosting, email or whatever else. If any companies want to donate... Well, I'll add a banner with your logo to the top of CDO.org and SSLFail.com. Let's say for companies, every $20 buys you a month of banner
Anyways... that's it... figured I'd give this a try.... now for the lovely download button.
Thanks For Reading!