Some of you know that a few friends and I started a little magazine (http://empyreome.com
) recently. Things have been great, but our site has already been attacked numerous times. About a month ago, someone broke in and injected malicious code into some pages. I was able to detect the attack early, fix the code, and put additional security measures in place to reduce risk in the future. Things have been quiet since then. Until today...
Today, someone launched a combined DOS (denial-of-service)/SQL Injection attack against the site. Fortunately, I was able to thwart the attack(s). Also, I was able (rather easily, I might add) to track down the perpetrator. I was quite shocked to find that it was an author who had submitted a story a few weeks ago and had received a rejection from us this morning.
It goes without saying, but this is not
the way to handle rejection. I am now considering legal action against this individual. In addition, I will be emailing every magazine that I know about to alert them to the threat this individual poses. I think this person, however desperate they were to get published, has now sealed their own fate.